Uganda kidnapping Indian nationals,
2 suspects (Indian and a Uganda national) are under arrest in connection with an extortion racket. File Photo

2 suspects (Indian and a Uganda national) are under arrest in connection with an extortion racket

Kampala Metropolitan Police have arrested two suspects an Indian and a Uganda national in connection with an extortion racket.

This was in the rescue mission conducted by Kampala Metropolitan Police on Sunday night in a hotel in Bweyogerere, Wakiso District.

The suspects invited the four Indian nationals under a pretext of connecting them to Canada for employment and ended up bringing them here in Uganda with intention of extorting $50.000 (about Shs 139m) from their family.

The suspects are identified as Praful Butan a male adult of Indian origin and Mugumya Ignatius, a Ugandan. They are said to have kept the victims for almost a week.

The kidnappers were asking money from the victims before releasing them alongside threats of assassinating them.

The victims include; Akshay Parapati, Sahil Patel, Atul Patel and Kalpesh Vya who landed in Uganda on the 15th of January, under the pretext of going to Canada for employment.

Uganda kidnapping Indian nationals,
2 suspects (Indian and a Uganda national) are under arrest in connection with an extortion racket. File Photo

Deputy Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigire in a media briefing in Naguru said that Butan and Mugumya first confiscated the victims’ passports and confined them in a hotel room in Kansanga which is an act of kidnap and fraud.

“What we know so far is that there’s a group that invites foreign nationals, and they use different countries and this time maybe it was Uganda, and when you arrive in the country, they pick your passport and they make you fill like you are in that country illegally. So they star

They were later removed from Kansanga on the 21st of January, 2020 at around 9 am with the pretext of transporting them to Entebbe airport en-route to Canada and locked them up in a Hotel in Bweyogerere.

“At around 9 am with the pretext of taking them to the airport they took them to another hotel and confined them there in Bweyogere. And started asking for $50.000 from the relatives of these Indians,” Owoyesigire said.

Owoyesigire said that an Indian family transported a family member to Kampala who arrived in Uganda on Saturday night and filed a case of kidnap that prompted a rescue mission.

“When we got the information we started looking for them and we managed to arrest them,” Owoyesigire said.

Police says they are expanding inquiries to establish whether the extortion racket has a complex network. Adding that they have called upon the Indian network community in Uganda to help combat such criminal networks.

“We will establish whether this network works alone or there is a group that’s working in the country, and I also want to call upon the Indian community to come out and help us combat such criminal networks,” said Owoyesigire.

Police investigation on the matter is proceeding as preparations are underway to take back the four victims through the Indian embassy in Uganda.

“We believe there are still other people and we are working with the suspects we have to get information from them so that we can carry on with the investigation,” Owoyesigire noted.

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