Backpacker kidnapped for ransom by gang in India

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let's hope this doesn't catch on



From The Times
October 5, 2007
Backpacker kidnapped for ransom by gang in India
Home Staff

A British student was recovering at home yesterday after being kidnapped at gunpoint and held captive for three days while backpacking in India.

Clyde MacFarlane, 20, was seized in an alleyway, detained in a derelict house without food and forced to telephone his father in England to ask for the ransom.

Police in Britain and India launched a joint operation when Mr MacFarlane’s father received the call and alerted the authorities.

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle2592317.ece
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The story sounds like a script froma comedy movie..

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I managed to call my dad on the phone but I said I had been kidnapped – the captors didn’t understand what I was saying.


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The gang’s car broke down during the journey to the bank and police grabbed them at a checkpoint as they attempted to complete their journey by bus.
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The kidnap occurred as he was walking down an alley to visit a market in the tiny village of Ranthampur in Rajasthan.
Lucky he wasn't pawed, mauled & eaten - Imagine anybody wandering around that tiger-infested jungle in the evening on their own - those goondas were actually doing him a big favour ...... and deserved a little baksheesh - IMO - for their good deed!
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Depending on how many travellers view this post, this might put them off walking down fascinating small alleys - Jaisalmer is full of them and perfectly safe... But who is to know?? Funny, we never saw or heard any of this on the news here, either nationwide TV or local paper.
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I wonder, was he looking for something particular in the back alleys (i.e. bhaang, good time girls etc) that drew the attention of these kidnappers?
How did they know he had his mobile with him?
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Originally Posted by Bex View Post I wonder, was he looking for something particular in the back alleys (i.e. bhaang, good time girls etc)
There can be a fascinating world down those back alleys.
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Nice post, Steven! I missed reading it before. The back alleys are the places where 'real life' is going on here all over India
and not necessarily the frightening places of our imaginations.
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No problem with back alleys, but they are best avoided in the night, or once the drinking hours begin.

Recovering at home...

Well, any self-respecting IMer would have posted an amusing account and got one with their holiday.

Or just mentioned it in passing: Due to having been kidnapped I am now in a different city and wonder what my train options might be for moving on. The kidnappers clearly had no understanding of booking trains online, although they supposed I might be luckier with the next gang that I encountered...

Seriously... What a bloody terrifying ordeal, and we do indeed hope that this does not catch on. I hope it hasn't put the guy off India for life. I'd understand if it has done.
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How did they tell him what to say on the phone if they did not understand english
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...And how did he understand what they were saying?
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post ...And how did he understand what they were saying?
Yep too many questions. Overhearing them in the kitchen (speaking english), but too stupid to understand him talking on the phone. Probably an urban legend, or a guy in need of money.

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Or, even more likely, a stupid, illiterate reporter subjected to the ravages of a subeditor!

I bet the published text is nothing like the original copy, and that probably didn't bear much resemblance to what the guy actually said.

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