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https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/abducted-sikhs-wife-appeals-to-pm-as-afghan-gets-more-risky-for-minorities-104868 Abducted Sikh's wife appeals to PM as Afghan gets more risky for minorities Nidan Singh was abducted earlier this week Nidan Singh. Photo: Twitter Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 26 The wife of a Sikh man abducted in Afghanistan has asked for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to have her husband freed and then granting Indian citizenship to her family of six. Attacks on Sikh minorities in Afghanistan have increased ever since India cast its lot with the Kabul regime in the ongoing peace talks with the Taliban. Another threat to the minorities has been the rise of an ISI-affiliated terrorist outfit. Security analysts believed it was behind the Gurdwara Har Rai Sahib massacre in Kabul to announce its presence. The abducted Sikh, Nidan Singh, is an Afghan who had moved to India for some years when the Taliban gained ascendancy in the early 90s and worked odd jobs here. It is still not clear how and by whom Nidan Singh was asked to return and man Gurdwara Tala Sahib in Afghanistan’s Paktia Province near the border with Pakistan. The wider region called “Loya Paktia” has been a Mujahideen and then Taliban\Haqqani Group stronghold since the early 1980s. Nidan Singh lived at the gurdwara where Guru Nanak was reported to have visited with his wife and children and was responsible for its upkeep, sources said. Nidan Singh was abducted earlier this week. India and other countries are worried over the shrinking of space for Sikh and Hindu minorities ever since US-Taliban talks got into high gear and India excluded itself from establishing contacts with the insurgent group. India has condemned Nidan Singh’s abduction and the government hopes the Afghan government will be able to secure his safe and early release. Soon after the May 15 massacre at the Kabul Gurdwara, former US Vice-President Joe Biden had promised to raise the annual global refugee admissions cap to 1.25 lakhs if he won the November US Presidential elections. Implicit was the assurance that some of the quota would be for Afghanistan’s embattled Sikh community. The USCIRF, which frequently upbraids India for its treatment of minorities, had described the Kabul attack as a “terrible tragedy” for a “wonderful, peaceful religious group” that has been virtually decimated in Afghanistan with just a thousand left. Its chief Senator Sam Brownback was more guarded than Biden on the issue of citizenship but has mentioned the possibility of settling them in Canada, India or Pakistan. “We’ve been inquiring, as others have, of possible places for the remaining Sikhs in Afghanistan to go to be able to be safe. I don’t have anything publicly that I could say,” he had observed.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5705365/Gang-posed-police-kidnapping-man-jailed-48-years.html https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6226596/kidnap-gang-posing-as-police-bundle-victim-into-car-fitted-with-blue-lights/ Gang who posed as police before kidnapping man, bundling him into fake squad car and demanding £100,000 ransom are jailed for more than 48 years Two of the men grabbed the victim as he left his Bromley home in London They made menacing calls to his elderly mother and relatives demanding money He was only released when it became clear the gang were not going to get paid The four men were all convicted of kidnap, blackmail and falsely imprisoning him By Phoebe Southworth For Mailonline Published: 20:24, 8 May 2018 | Updated: 15:29, 10 May 2018 A gang who posed as police to kidnap a man by bundling him into a fake squad car then demanded a £100,000 ransom have been jailed for more than 48 years. The victim was ambushed seconds after leaving his home in Bromley, south east London, at about 11.20pm on December 22, 2016. The violent gang chased him down and savagely beat him, forcing him to the ground 'like a pack of dogs' before bundling him into a black Audi with flashing blue lights. +6 +6 Conrad Jackson (left) drove the kidnap vehicle - a fake police car fitted with blue flashing lights - and Reece Jackson (right) helped him bundle the victim into the car in Bromley, south east London They threatened to kill the victim and fired an imitation gun inside the vehicle, which contained stab vests, handcuffs and cable ties, Inner London Crown Court heard. The thugs held the terrified man for seven hours and made menacing calls to his elderly mother and relatives demanding more than £100,000 for his release. At one point neighbours saw him desperately scrambling out of the car on his hands and knees before Conrad and Reece Jackson punched him and threw him back in. The victim was not released until just before 7am when it became clear the gang's demands for money would not be met. The four men denied but were convicted by a jury following a trial of joint charges of conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to imprison falsely and conspiracy to blackmail. Jurors also convicted Conrad and Reece Jackson jointly of possession of an imitation firearm, and Rollins of possession of a class A drug. Sentencing them on May 8, Judge Mark Bishop said: 'It was a ruthless act of violence, snatching someone off the street and subduing him with violence. 'One witness described it as a frenzied attack, like someone being set on by a pack of dogs. At one point she thought the victim was dead. 'The demands made were chilling and threatening, demanding at one stage £100,000. 'There can be no doubt that this experience would have been frightening and shocking for the family.' +6 +6 Amir Sahir (left) had been spying on the victim before the attack and Zephan Rollins (right) took part in the blackmail Conrad Jackson, 25, a Business Management student at London Metropolitan University, was said to be the 'intellectual' ringleader of the gang and drove the car. He was joined by Reece Jackson, also 25 - described as the 'muscle' behind the operation. CCTV played for jurors showed 'inside man' and father-of-three Amir Sahir, 29, spying on the victim from a second car before the attack. He lived on the same street as the victim and let Conrad and Reece know when they should pounce. Fourth conspirator Zephan Rollins, 30, was said to be 'centrally involved' in the blackmail. He had recently been released on licence from a ten-year jail term for possession of a firearm. +6 A set of handcuffs recovered from the black Audi being driven by Conrad Jackson during the kidnap. It also contained stab vests and cable ties Prosecutor Michael Bisgrove previously told the court: 'The victim was on the road outside his home address. A black Audi vehicle pulled up with blue lights flashing. 'One of the two men in the vehicle got out and ran towards the victim. 'The victim ran away. He was pursued by the man on foot and by the Audi vehicle which was reversed at speed. 'A short distance away the victim was caught up with. He was assaulted. 'Neighbours saw and heard him being punched and kicked to the floor, picked up and put into the back of the Audi, which drove away at speed. 'Over the next seven hours or so, a number of telephone calls were made.' +6 An imitation firearm recovered from the kidnap vehicle. It was shot while the victim was inside He said the calls to the victim's family were 'particularly to his brother and his elderly mother' - demanding ransoms which 'at times were in excess of £100,000'. 'They threatened to shoot the victim and indeed an imitation firearm was present,' said Mr Brisgrove, adding that it was discharged in the car. 'The victim was eventually released shortly before seven the following morning when it became clear the demands were not going to be met.' Conrad Jackson, of Bromley, south east London, was jailed for 15 years for his role in the kidnap, as well as drugs offences and possession of criminal property. Reece Jackson, of Finsbury Park, north London, was jailed for 12-and-a-half years for the kidnap, possession of cannabis and taking a conveyance without authority. Sahir, of Bromley, south east London, was jailed for ten years. He was also banned from driving for six years because he drove while disqualified when he was spying on the victim from a car in the street they both lived on. Rollins, of Bromley, south east London, was jailed for 11 years. Detective Inspector Gary Myers, who leads the Met’s Modern Slavery and Kidnap Unit, blasted the defendants as 'despicable'.