Extortion and kidnapping charges stayed against trio

Charges have been stayed against three men in connection to an alleged drug-related kidnapping and extortion that occurred in January 2010.

  • Mar. 1, 2011 9:00 a.m.

Charges have been stayed against three men in connection to an alleged drug-related kidnapping and extortion that occurred in January 2010.Anoop Bhatti, 32, Bakhshind Chahal, 27, and Kanwar Riar, 31, were each charged with extortion, kidnapping and using a firearm. Their charges were stayed as part of their preliminary inquiry Monday in Abbotsford provincial court.A 23-year-old Abbotsford man phoned police on Jan. 16, 2010, saying he had been abducted at gunpoint a few days before.Police raided two homes the following morning, arresting one suspect on Chase Street. No arrests were made at the second home on Townline Road, but two other suspects were later taken into custody.The incident was believed to have been related to drugs and gangs, police said at the time.