Thursday 7th April, 2005


Hardware owner escapes abductors

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Kidnap victim Davan Bharratsingh has escaped from his abductors. Police sources said he was found yesterday wandering in a forest in Matura by villagers who took him to the nearby police station.

The AKS was then called in.

Sources said Bharratsingh appeared to be in good, physical condition, but was taken for a medical check-up.

No ransom was paid for his release, sources added.

Bharratsingh, who runs Edinburgh Hardware, was snatched on Saturday afternoon by two gunmen who stormed into his businessplace located at Mc Bean Village, Couva.

The men robbed customers before speeding off with him in a yellow motor car.

A chase ensued and Bharratsingh’s family hired a helicopter to track down the getaway car.

However, the search yielded no results.

The kidnappers later telephoned his relatives and demanded a $3 million ransom.

An attempt was also made to kidnap Leela Roopnarine, a relative of Bharratsingh, in January.

Roopnarine, who is the owner of Roopnarine’s Hardware, was being dragged out of her black Mercedes Benz in the gateway of her Lange Park, Chaguanas home, when a relative fired a licensed firearm at her abductors.

The Roopnarines have since fled the country.

A spokesman for the Bharratsingh family said they might be leaving T&T soon, since he and his two brothers are Canadian citizens.

Meanwhile, the family of Kalipersad “Ravi” Maharaj, who was snatched on March 16, are still awaiting word from his abductors.

Yesterday, they again appealed to his kidnappers, saying they were willing to give in to any demand for his safe release.

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