(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) In an early morning operation on Monday, a special team from the ROP rescued an Indian worker who was kidnapped three days ago from Sohar, a police officer confirmed.
Mohammed Haneefa, a native of the southern Indian state of Kerala who worked in Sohar, was abducted by a gang of seven men and was being held captive in the city's outskirts.
While three of the abductors have been nabbed from the scene, four managed to escape.
Haneefa said after his release that he was abducted while walking down a street in Sohar. ''I was beaten up and given only water. I received first aid at a hospital after my release,'' he said.
He added that he has spoken to his family in Kerala after being freed, even as friends and colleagues gathered at the hospital where he was treated.
According to sources, Haneefa's abductors had asked his brother-in-law in Saudi Arabia and family in India to deposit RO2,000 as ransom in a foreign bank account, giving them a deadline of two days.
The abductors made calls through VoIP and spoke in Urdu, which Haneefa translated for his family.
An unspecified sum of money had already been transferred to the abductors through Western Union, the sources said.
Yousuf Salim, an Indian social worker in Oman, said, ''We are extremely happy that he has been rescued and is doing fine. He has suffered injuries to his left arm and psychological trauma. He was threatened with knives.''
Salim added that Haneefa's family has thanked Omani authorities for their help.<