Cape Town metro cops rescue chained, beaten Bangladeshi man

2016-09-08 15:31
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Cape Town - A Bangladeshi man was freed from kidnappers after he was chained up and severely beaten in Surrey Estate, the Cape Town Metropolitan Police Department said on Thursday.

"His legs were bound by chains, with a padlock," said the City's acting deputy metro police chief Annalene Marais.

Officers became aware of his plight while conducting a drunk-driving blitz in nearby Manenberg on Sunday.

While they were at a police station there they happened to hear a Bangladeshi man telling police that his friend had been kidnapped.

Metro police went to the location where the man said his friend was being held and they found him in a bad state after having been severely assaulted.

He was freed, but opted not to go to hospital straight away. Police arrested three people shortly afterwards and another on a bit later.

One of the people arrested was South African, two were Bangladeshi, and the fourth was from Pakistan.

A demand for a ransom of around R800 000 had been made for his release. It was still not yet clear why the man was targeted.

All four of those arrested were charged with kidnapping.

Member of the mayoral committee for safety and security JP Smith said it was rare for metro police to get involved in kidnapping cases, but it was all in a day's work for the officers who had to be able to handle anything that came their way.

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