The Philippine National Police-Anti Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) has recovered the body an Indian national who was kidnapped and killed by a kidnap-for-ransom group in Cavite.
LaIit Kumar was reported missing last September 3 while making his round of collections in Damariñas, Cavite. The victim waskidnapped by three Filipino men.
Kumar's family went to the PNP-AKG to ask for help.
Senior Supt. Glenn Dumlao, director of the PNP-AKG, said, "May family communicator na in-assign ang pamilya which is yung misis. From P20-million ransom initial demand, na pababa ng P10 million, then bumaba sila ng P1 million initial. Ganon naman ang mga Indian, nag-iinitial muna then hihingi ulit. So initial P1 million, tumawad dahil ang kinaya P680,000."
Lalit Kumar's last proof of life was September 10.
On Wednesday, a ransom payoff pushed through in Dasmariñas, Cavite.
"Kinover natin ang family sa pagbibigay ng pera and maghapon yun and hanggang finally kaninang madaling-araw lang nila tinanggap 'yung dalawang Indian national, Honey Deol at Kumar Pardeep sila ang kumuha ng ransom," Dumlao said.
The suspects identified as Honey Singh alias Honey Deol and Kumar Pardeep were killed during an armed encounter with PNP-AKG operatives. Recovered from the suspects were guns and the ransom payment.
"Nung pinupursue na natin sila para possible na malocate yung safehouse para ma-locate ang victim siguro naka-sense sila at nakipagpalitan sila ng putok. Unfortunately too, nalaman natin na si Kumar ay pinatay pa noong September 11," Dumlao said.
Kumar's body was found dumped in Barangay Navarro, General Trias, Cavite.
According to Dumlao, Kumar's kidnappers were connected to a kidnap-for-ransom group encountered by police in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
"Yung kidnapping sa Sta. Rosa Laguna, connected sila doon and so with the Filipinos, same modus 'yon. Umuupa sila ng van na gagamitin, hindi ibabalik ang van. Palaging nangingidnap ay mga Pinoy na umaaktong pulis o NBI then ibibigay na sa mga Indian for the negotiation," he said.
Authorities are now looking for the three Filipinos tagged in Kumar's kidnapping and death.