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6 Grabbed In Kumasi In Dawn Swoop

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Six persons including four Indian businessmen have been seized in a dawn operation by armed men at Ahodwo a suburb of Kumasi.

They are Kamesh Kathiriya, the CEO of RIYA Minerals Company Limited, Nickel, Gotham and one Giga.

Their two other Ghanaian partners Charles Osei and Salifu Musah are also in police grips.

Sources claim the arrested individuals are gold dealers who have set up an office in Kumasi.

Neither the identity of the heavily armed men nor the whereabouts of the men they seized is known.

Family members of the arrested men say they counted 13 armed men, some of whom wore khaki uniforms.

It is unclear the purpose of the exercise but reports say the invaders took away two duffle bags full of money, 13 mobile phones, gold nuggets and other gadgets belong to the captives.

Ursula Osei, daughter of Charles Osei, one of the men in captivity said the family intends to procure the services of a lawyer to help them find the whereabouts of their relations and possibly secure their rescue.

She said the armed men stormed their house around 6 am yesterday when the family was shaking the final dregs of their sleep.

Meanwhile, National Security and the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) have denied having anything to do with the operation.

Ursula stated that the heavily built men unplugged their mobile phones on charge and followed her to her room for her phone which was not among the one charging at the hall.

However, the Ashanti Region Police has confirmed being hinted of a national security operation in the jurisdiction but cannot give details of the operation.

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