JOHOR BARU: Police today denied the abduction of two teenage boys in Skudai and Paloh recently was related to drug trafficking.
Johor CID chief SAC Kamaluddin Kassim said the case was also found to be not motivated by revenge.
“There is nothing to do with drugs or revenge because based on initial investigations, they (suspects) planned to get the ransom,” he told Bernama when commenting on ‘rumours’ that the case was due to drug trafficking between the suspects and victims.
He said both victims knew the suspects but had been compromised after agreeing to go out with them.
Yesterday Kamaluddin revealed that the police had arrested 13 men in connection with the case and managed to locate and rescue one of the teenage boys.
He said the suspects, aged between 19 and 39, were held in four locations and being held on remand for 12 days up to Sept 1 to facilitate the investigation under Section 3 of the Kidnapping Act 1961.
Two of them were caught at a house in Pagoh, Muar, at about 11.30 pm last Sunday while the other 11 were picked up at a house in Yong Peng, Batu Pahat, a budget hotel in Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Johor Bahru, and in Singapore between 11.30 am and 1 pm on Tuesday, he said.
The arrests followed two reports the police received, on July 18 and Aug 19, on the abduction of two 18-year-old boys in Skudai and Paloh and the demand for a RM120,000 ransom.
Following the arrest, police rescued the second victim from a house in Pagoh where he had been confined.
He also said that parts of a human skeleton were found at a rubbish dump in the area but the remains had yet to be identified.
Kamaluddin said the police were awaiting the result of a DNA test from the hospital but many believe the remains belonged to another victim. - Bernama © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd