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Sikh brothers get four years for kidnapping; COURT: Sister's boyfriend threatened in marriage row.

Byline: By Sinead Keller

TWO Sikh brothers have been jailed for four years each for kidnapping their sister's Hindu boyfriend.

Avtar Gohlan, aged 21, and 17-year-old Jagdeep were trying to trace their sister who ran away after admitting she was pregnant.

The brothers, from Middlesex, pleaded guilty at Coventry Crown Court to kidnap and were sentenced yesterday.

The court heard the victim had been threatened with a ceremonial knife.

Neal Williams, prosecuting, said the victim was 26 at the time and was having a secret relationship with the brothers' 19-year-old sister, who was studying in Coventry.

Her family wanted her to have an arranged marriage in India, which she was unhappy about, and instead was "married" to the victim in a Hindu ceremony last November. But the family did not accept the union.

After coming back from a trip to India in January she realised she was pregnant and her brothers told her to have an abortion.

On February 12 the couple went to Stoney Stanton Road police station and while the young woman was being interviewed, the victim went to meet her two brothers in Coventry.

Mr Williams said: "The brothers turned upon the victim. Avtar grabbed him round the throat and shouted, 'Where is she?' "Jagdeep said, 'Today is your last day. First we will find out where she is and then we will kill you.' He was holding a large ceremonial knife to his neck while being pulled down on the sofa.

Avtar punched him in the stomach.

A police officer called the house to check on the victim, but did not realise what was going on," Mr Williams said.

He added that the brothers made the victim get in a car to take them to their sister. The victim directed them to the police station where their sister was being interviewed, so they let him go and drove off.

Talbir Singh, defending Avtar, said: "Avtar had an impeccable character prior to this incident and was due to graduate from university this year with a job lined up."

Thomas Schofield, defending Jagdeep, said: "He is a young man who has been forced to step into adult shoes by the death of his father."

Judge Peter Ross said: "(The victim) was terrified and believed that if he had taken you to your sister he would have been killed, she would have been taken prisoner and some forced abortion would have taken place."
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