Dubai: An Indian national who was abducted in Oman last week was rescued by police yesterday. Three people have been arrested in this connection.
Mohammed Haneefa, an expatriate from Kerala, was abducted from Sohar, 200km north of Muscat, by a gang of masked men last week. A Royal Oman Police special team freed the man in an early morning raid yesterday, the Times Of Oman reported.
“At around 3am on Monday, one of the patrolling vehicles of the special team formed by the police to rescue Haneefa found him and his abductors in a farm,” the report quoted Yousuf Salim, a social worker, as saying. “Police sprang into action and freed Haneefa from the clutches of the abductors,” he added.
The Urdu-speaking gang reportedly made a number of calls to Haneefa’s family in Kerala after abducting him, demanding ransom money. The ransom calls were made from internet phones. The family had reportedly transferred Pakistani Rs50,000 to a bank account number, given by the gang, through Western Union from Saudi Arabia. IANS