Cops shoot at suspect, foil kidnap bid

The Upparpet police shot at a suspect involved in an abduction case, injuring him. The suspect Mansoor Khan was later arrested. (Image for representation)

The Upparpet police shot at a suspect involved in an abduction case, injuring him. The suspect Mansoor Khan was later arrested.

The police said Khan had masterminded the abduction of Rakesh Sharma, a native of Nepal, on April 24.

Khan led a gang and indulged in robberies, abductions and other crimes. There are over seven cases against him in various stations in the city, they said.

On receiving a tip-off that the suspect was hiding in a building near the Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna railway station, inspector Rajendra and constable Jayachandra went to nab him. Khan spotted the policemen and attacked them with lethal weapons. In self-defence, Rajendra fired at Khan’s leg, injuring him.

“Khan and his associate Abdul Mazeed, arrested on various charges, had recently obtained bail and had come out of prison. But they continued their criminal activities,” Ravi D Channannavar,  DCP (West), said.

The police said Sharma, after spending two months at the Parappana Agrahara central prison in a human trafficking case, was released on bail on April 20. Khan and Mazeed had met Sharma at the prison. They plotted Sharma’s abduction after his release.

Khan invited Sharma and his friend Gopal Singh on April 24 for dinner. They abducted the duo when they reached a particular area. They called up Sharma’s brother in Nepal and demanded Rs 5 lakh as ransom for Sharma’s release. 

Singh escaped from Khan’s clutches and approached the police.

Based on Singh’s inputs, the police rescued Sharma from an isolated place near Jalahalli.

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