Club owner's abduction remains a mystery

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KUALA LUMPUR: The abduction of club owner M. Gobala in his 40s, five days ago has stumped investigators and his family following the discovery of his completely burnt BMW 520i.

The car was found in Ulu Yam last Sunday, a day after he was seen bundled into his car by four unidentified men.

Police said Gobala was abducted at the car park of Mirama Hotel in Jalan Maharajalela.

City deputy CID chief ACP Khairi Ahrasa said, "We are looking for clues and have detained two people on Tuesday night to help us with investigations. The duo in their 20s were nabbed in the Dang Wangi area."

He said the abductors posed as cops and confronted Gobala at 7.20pm on Saturday after he had finished meeting a friend.

Khairi said the incident was witnessed by hotel staff -- mainly security guards -- who had tried to stop the abduction. But they were duped by the four men who told them not to interfere as the four were masquerading as police officers.

"The hotel staff notified the victim's friend who was still at the hotel. The friend -- thinking it was police officers who took Gobala away -- had gone to Dang Wangi police station and later to KL police headquarters to check if he was being detained. We told him that no police officers were after Gobala after thoroughly checking," said Khairi.

He said investigations are underway to determine the motive of the abduction.

"We have retrieved closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage from the hotel's car park and saw a Naza Citra trailing behind the BMW. We are now in the midst of trying to get a clearer image of the suspects," Khairi said.

Police also recovered CCTV from a nearby petrol station where the abductors had allegedly stopped.

Khairi said background checks on the victim revealed he owns several clubs in the city and also in Selangor. He is also involved in "ah long" business and gangsterism activities. However, he does not have any past criminal records."

Khairi said police have yet to establish the motive of the abduction but are looking at all possible angles such as business rivalry and revenge.

Police had ordered a forensic team to check the burnt BMW but they found no traces or clues that the victim was in the car.

Police asked for anyone with information on the case to contact KL police headquarters at 03-2146 0522.

In Aug 28, 2009 a similar incident occurred involving club owner R. Ravi Shankar, 40 more popularly known as "Bangsar Shan".

He was with his wife and their children at a plant nursery in Bandar Mahkota Cheras when he was abducted by four men who impersonated police officers.

His skeletal remains were found 14 months later on Oct 19, 2010 in Broga Hill, Semenyih.

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