3 Indian nationals cleared of charges over bomb found in car | Inquirer News

3 Indian nationals cleared of charges over bomb found in car

/ 01:41 PM April 26, 2013

CAMP PACIANO RIZAL, Laguna—A city prosecutor has dropped the charges against three Indian nationals held by the police after a car they brought for servicing to an auto shop in Laguna was found to have been rigged with an explosive device, their lawyer said Friday.

Calamba City Prosecutor Noel Ocampo found “no probable cause” to charge Narinder Singh and his companions Rajeth Kumar and Jasbir Singh with illegal possession of explosives, according to lawyer Ryan Muro, legal counsel of the Indian nationals.

Narinder, owner of the Toyota Avanza, took the vehicle for engine oil replacement to the Toyota service center in Alaminos, Laguna on Wednesday morning. Muro said Narinder left the car shop with the two other foreigners and went to the adjacent San Pablo City to renew his National Bureau of Investigation clearance.


A service mechanic called the police when he discovered the bomb, described as military-grade C-4 explosive rigged to a mobile phone as a trigger device, strapped under the car’s engine. The mechanic, told by the police what to say, called the car owner back to the shop supposedly because a car part needed to be replaced.


“The mechanic told my client that cops would pick him up instead at the NBI [office]. My client actually found it more convenient that they didn’t have to take public transportation back to Alaminos,” Muro said.

When told about the bomb at the car shop, Muro said, Narinder took out his cell phone and called someone.

“A policeman later told me this scared them a little, thinking the phone call would trigger an explosion. But my client was on the phone for several minutes already and nothing happened,” he said.

Nevertheless, the police arrested the three foreigners as part of the “protocol.” At the clarificatory hearing on Thursday afternoon, the foreigners insisted they did not know about the bomb.

“It looked like the bomb had been there for a while now because the tape used looked old and the battery of the cell phone, supposedly the trigger device, was already drained,” Muro said.

He said Narinder, who spoke perfect Filipino for having been a resident of the Philippines for 15 years, believed business enemies might have tried to scare him. The Indian national is in the buy-and-sell business.


“If he were planning an attack, why renew his NBI clearance?” Muro said.

Muro said the Indian nationals decided not to file counter charges but expressed dismay that they were immediately held as suspects.

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“If a Filipino happened to own that car, his safety might have been the [authorities’] primary concern,” he said.

TAGS: Car bomb, Crime, Police, prosecutor

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