6 arrested for kidnapping, victim later found dead in river

6 arrested for kidnapping, victim later found dead in river
Police are looking for Vivegkananthaa Sanga, 23, to assist in investigations, reported The Star.

Malaysian police have arrested six people for allegedly kidnapping a 60-year-old woman.

She was found dead the next day, some 140km away from where she was kidnapped.

The body was found before the ransom was paid.

Police are looking for Vivegkananthaa Sanga, 23, to assist in investigations, reported The Star.

The deceased, identified as Madam Sardani Balveer Kaur, was abducted at around 1.40pm last Friday near Sunway Pyramid shopping mall.

A ransom of RM2 million (S$750,000) was demanded for her release.

Selangor CID chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Mohd Adnan Abdullah said on Tuesday that her body was later found floating in a river near Kampung Sungai Udang in Nibong Tebal, Penang, at around 10am on Saturday.

TASK FORCE

SAC Mohd Adnan said police had formed a task force at around 5.50pm on the day of the abduction.

"Following the report, we arrested her 24-year-old driver in Subang Jaya the next day (Saturday) at about 3.20am," he added.

"On Sunday, we apprehended a man and a woman, believed to be a couple, at a stop near Gua Tempurung, Gopeng, Perak, at around 3.15pm.

"Another couple was arrested at Lorong Bukit Gambir, Gelugor, Penang, at approximately 3.15pm."

SAC Mohd Adnan also said another male suspect was nabbed during a police ambush on a house in Gelugor at about 5.30am on Monday.

"We confiscated 11 mobile phones and a Toyota Vellfire," he added.

"We believe that the Vellfire was used at the time of the abduction."

All of those arrested were aged between 19 and 28. None of them have previous criminal records and all tested negative for drug use.

The suspects will be under remand until Sunday.

The case is being investigated under Section 3(1) of the Kidnapping Act 1961, which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.


This article was first published on February 20, 2015.
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