Date
23 July 2017
Manmohan Singh (inset, center) and his brother Naginder Singh (inset, left) leave court Tuesday. Photos: Sing Tao Daily, HKEJ
Manmohan Singh (inset, center) and his brother Naginder Singh (inset, left) leave court Tuesday. Photos: Sing Tao Daily, HKEJ

Kidnappers threatened to cut off heads of 3 Indian merchants

Three Indian merchants were kidnapped in Hong Kong in 2013 by five Pakistanis, who threatened to behead them, a court heard Tuesday.

Manmohan Singh, 57, Satwinder Singh, 37, and Gurinder Singh, 49, arrived in Hong Kong from India on Oct. 25, 2013, and were taken immediately to different village houses in Pat Heung, Sha Tau Kok and Tuen Mun.

They were told they would meet prospective buyers of their properties back home, Sing Tao Daily reported Wednesday.

However, they were detained by five to seven Pakistanis and beaten with steel rods.

The kidnappers threatened to cut off their heads if they tried to escape.

A ransom of 100 million rupees (US$1.58 million) was demanded.

Naginder Singh, the brother of one of the victims, said he paid HK$60,000 (US$7,737) to the gang, but the money was later retrieved and returned to him in India.

Five Pakistanis were set to face trial in Hong Kong, but two of them jumped bail and fled.

The trial continues.

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