Isn't this scary? It used to be that kidnappers target the wealthy but now they kidnap for RM1000 ransom.
The Electric New Paper :
ROGUE COPS They drag man off motorbike, kidnap him MOTORCYCLIST M Krishnan, 44, was on his way home in Ipoh at about 9pm on Monday when four men in a red Proton Iswara intercepted him. 04 May 2006
MOTORCYCLIST M Krishnan, 44, was on his way home in Ipoh at about 9pm on Monday when four men in a red Proton Iswara intercepted him.
The men dragged Mr Krishnan off his bike, handcuffed him and then forced him into the their vehicle, where he was roughed up, reported Malaysian papers.
The bike was left lying by the side of the main road in Menglembu.
The alleged kidnappers then contacted his wife to demand RM1,000 ($435) for his release.
They threatened to kill Mr Krishnan if she did not pay up.
The distressed woman, who is an Ipoh City Council employee, retrieved her husband's abandoned motorcycle, and then notified the police.
She went on to meet the alleged kidnappers to pay the ransom.
At around 11.30pm, the plucky wife rode her husband's motorcycle to the agreed meeting place, a roundabout near Silibin.
The situation took a more dramatic turn when the gang noticed that the police had followed Mrs Krishnan to the scene.
The suspects reversed their car, and attempted to pull away.
In their bid to escape, they knocked into the rider's wife, who was on her husband's motorcycle, causing her to fall and scrape her left leg.
By this time, the police had surrounded the area.
The cops moved in and freed
Mr Krishnan, but the suspects put up a fight.
One officer fired a warning shot, but one of the suspects was very agitated, and tried to escape.
The officers were forced to shoot him in the ribs.
Then came the surprise. Two of the alleged kidnappers were police constables.
According to China Press, more than T100 members of the public gathered at the scene, which was near a roundabout, to watch the drama unfold.
The crowd dispersed after the alleged kidnappers were arrested and taken away in patrol cars.
After all four suspects were rounded up, the one who was injured was sent to the Ipoh General Hospital for treatment.
His condition is stable.
The police have confirmed that the kidnapper who was shot was not one of the rogue cops.
He and another suspect have criminal records for robbery and theft.
They are unemployed.
The other two suspects are police constables from the Batu Gajah district police headquarters.
The kidnapped motorcyclist, who works in a market, was also injured.
He and his wife were sent to the hospital for treatment.
Ipoh deputy police chief Superintendent Razali Abdul Razak told the Malaysian papers that they recovered a car, a pair of handcuffs, and a packet suspected to contain drugs at the scene.
The police are investigating the case.
They have not ruled out motives other than robbery.