Man locked up and beaten for days over relative’s Dh52,000 debt, Dubai court hears

Bangladeshi says his Indian grocery shop boss and two others beat him before he was eventually located by police and rescued.

DUBAI // Three men allegedly kidnapped and assaulted a sales assistant, whose relative, they said, stole Dh52,000 from them, Dubai Criminal Court heard on Monday.

Prosecutors said Indians M M, 27, A K, 35, and A A, 34, abducted 27-year-old Bangladeshi R A from the grocery shop where he was working on November 13 last year. The accused have denied the charges of kidnap and confinement.

“M M owns the grocery shop where I work. He came to me and asked me about my relative,” R A told prosecutors. “I told him I did not know where he was, then he assaulted me and said that my relative stole Dh52,000 from him.”

R A said M M locked him in a room and told him he should repay the money that his relative stole or he would be killed.

“On the fourth day, they forced me into a car and took me to Al Ain, where I managed to call a friend and tell him where I was,” he said.

Police later found the car and rescued R A.