Wife of abducted club owner seeks closure

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PETALING JAYA: "I am willing to do anything to get my husband back. Just return him safely to me"... This was the plea made by abducted club owner K. Gobalaguru's wife who has been hoping to hear from him since he went missing, almost a week ago.

When contacted by The Malay Mail, the sobbing Sathiavani -- who works as a nurse -- said the episode has been a nightmare for her family and she's been looking at her phone constantly hoping to get a call about her 46-year-old husband.

"It's really frustrating. It's been six days and not a single clue about him. I also fear for his health as he is dependent on certain medications daily."

Sathiavani, 47, said she last spoke to her husband half an hour before he was abducted and Gobalaguru said he will join her on Monday at her hometown in Ipoh for a family gathering.

"We celebrated Thaipusam together the weekend before he was abducted in my hometown. He returned to KL on Feb 1 and told me he will come back on Monday once he had settled some work.

"I always made short calls to him time to time to check if he's eaten and taken his medicine as he works during odd hours in his nightlife businesses."

Sathiavani also said she had no clue about her husband's business friends or involvement with any parties as they both led totally different lifestyles and had different working hours.

Gobalaguru, who owns an Indian club named Sukran in KL and several other clubs, was abducted at the car park of Mirama Hotel in Jalan Maharajalela by four unidentified men around 7.20pm on Saturday.

The abductors posed as cops and confronted him after he had finished meeting a friend.

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 they were '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 Gobalaguru away -- went to the Dang Wangi police station and later to KL police headquarters to check if he was being detained.

However, after learning that it was not police who detained Gobalaguru, he lodged a police report.

On Sunday, Gobalaguru's BMW 520i was found completely burnt in Ulu Yam.

A police source said police are looking at personal revenge and business rivalry.

They have not ruled out the involvement of secret societies after conducting past background checks.

"Based on the closed-circuit television (CCTV) findings we have some leads to the suspects' identity," said the source.

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

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