MANILA - The Philippine National Police announced Monday that it has arrested an Indian leader and 3 members of a kidnap-for-ransom syndicate that has targeted Indian nationals in Luzon.
Gormet Singh, alleged leader of the kidnap gang, was arrested Saturday in a follow-up operation in Nueva Ecija after he collected the ransom for an Indian businessman who was abducted earlier this month, PNP chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa said.
Dela Rosa said Singh tried to evade arrest on board his motorcycle, but he crashed into an irrigation canal.
His alleged Filipino cohorts - Gerry Cabading, Francis Castro at Gregorio Pena - were arrested in separate operations.
Recovered from the suspects were 3 caliber .45 firearms, a hand grenade and the P600,000 ransom paid by their most recent victim.
Only the 3 Filipino suspects were presented to the media as Singh was still recovering from a broken hip at the PNP General Hospital.
Singh's alleged crime ring is involved in at least 8 other kidnapping cases in Pampanga, Bataan, Nueva Ecija and Metro Manila, said Senior Superintendent Glenn Dumlao, chief of the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group.
The PNP has launched a manhunt operation against Kikker Singh, another leader of the group. -- With reports from Henry Atuelan, DZMM; Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News