Kidnapped 67-yr-old rescued, abductor held

A kidnapped 67-year-old man was rescued when one of the abductors came to receive a ransom of Rs 3 lakh in west Delhi’s Punjabi Bagh.

The victim was trapped with the help of a woman member of the gang, who lured him through prostitution, police said on Saturday.

A probe was initiated after Nangloi-resident Murad Ali approached Mianwali Nagar police station on Thursday.

“Murad reported that his father Islamuddin was missing since he went to their iron fabrication shop around 1.30 pm,” said Ranvir Singh, Additional Commissioner of Police (West).

Murad had contacted Islamuddin soon after he left home, but Islamuddin had said he would call back later.

Around 3.30 pm, Islamuddin called Murad and asked him to arrange Rs 3 lakh for his safe release. When Murad inquired further, Islamuddin informed that the money should be arranged immediately or the kidnappers would kill him.

On Murad’s statement, a case was registered with Mianwali Nagar police station.
During investigation, family members were examined and suspects interrogated.

Islamuddin’s mobile number was also put on surveillance. “Later, the kidnappers told the complainant to reach Punjabi Bagh for the delivery of the ransom amount. Accordingly, the complainant along with a police team reached there and a trap was laid,” Singh added.

After some time, a kidnapper came at the decided location to collect the money and was overpowered by the police team.

He was identified as Shiv Kumar, 29, a resident of Om Vihar Phase 2 in west Delhi’s Uttam Nagar.

On interrogation, Shiv told police that he was a member of a gang which lured victims and extorted money through its women members.

“Their modus operandi is that the women will invite clients at their house for immoral activities. When the client reaches the pre-decided place, other members of the gang take their photographs in objectionable positions,” Singh said.

“Raids are being conducted to arrest the remaining members of the gang,” Singh added.

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