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Police in Dhaka, Bangladesh reported that they have one of the men accused of kidnapping a Catholic priest in custody. On October 2, a gang kidnapped Father Gregory by asking him to visit the suburbs of Dhaka to visit a sick female. Once Father Gregory arrived, the gang grabbed him and demanded a huge ransom. After demanding the ransom, Father Gregory escaped and received assistance from locals who captured one of the men and turned him over to the police. The reason for Father Gregory’s kidnapping are unknown at the time. 

10/04/2017 Bangladesh (UCA News) – A member of the student wing of Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League has been arrested over the kidnapping and detention of a Catholic priest in Dhaka.

Firoz Talukdar, officer-in-charge of the Tongi police station where the victim Father Shishir Gregory lodged the complaint, said the arrested man was a member of Chhatra League, the student arm of the governing party.

He said further police raids would be conducted in the hunt for four other men allegedly involved in the attack.

The gang allegedly phoned Father Gregory, 40, the vice-rector of St. Joseph’s seminary in Dhaka, on Oct. 2 and told him to come to Tongi, an industrial suburb near the capital, to see his “seriously ailing” sister.

Upon arrival, the priest was detained in a room with the gang grabbing his money, mobile phone and motorbike.

The abductors allegedly also demanded a huge ransom before the priest managed to escape and ran screaming for help. A group of locals rescued Father Gregory, captured one of the abductors and handed him over to police.

The priest later filed a case against five unnamed persons at Tongi police station, accusing them of abduction and extortion.

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