Finally, UK-based businessman's kidnappers nabbed

Finally, UK-based businessman's kidnappers nabbed

A teacher and three others were arrested for kidnapping a London-based businessman and his associate in Delhi in February and demanding Rs 1 crore as ransom, police said on Tuesday.

Police had then tricked the abductors into bringing the victims, taken to Haryana, back again to Delhi from where they managed to rescue them. 

The abductors, however, had fled then. Police had announced a total of Rs 2.5 lakh reward on their arrests.

The victim owns a sizeable scrap business in London as well as in some Indian cities. He runs the business with his father who lives in London. The businessman was on a visit to his hometown in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad when the gang lured him to Delhi. 

They claimed they were Delhi-based scarp dealers and wanted to do business with him. 

They had obtained his phone number from his website and sent across photos of scrap samples through WhatsApp to convince him, a senior police officer told Deccan Herald. The businessman and one of his employees arrived at Old Delhi Railway Station on February 3.  Four men in a Tata Safari car received them at the station. Once the two had entered the car, one of the kidnappers pulled out a pistol. They were then driven to a village in Haryana’s Mewat district. The businessman was told to arrange a Rs 1-crore ransom, but he told the abductors that he and his companion were mere employees in the firm.  When they persisted, the    businessman told them he could at best arrange for Rs 10 lakh from the company owner.

Money demandedHe was then made to call his father and demand the money as the abductors did not want to give away their voice samples. 

His father immediately informed his wife who contacted Chanakyapuri police station, police said.

Police conducted raids in Mewat, but the kidnappers evaded them by shifting the two men from one village to another. 

The two abducted men were also thrashed, police said. Police them planned to lure the abductors to Delhi. “The businessman’s wife was told to inform the abductors that she would give them Rs 10 lakh at Chandni Chowk in Delhi. Bringing them to Delhi would also ensure that we knew the victims were alive,” said the officer.

A police team was in place and the victims safely rescued. But the culprits escaped. On Friday, a crime branch team was tipped off that two of them would be arriving in Kalindi Kunj on Friday.  A trap was laid and they were nabbed. They, in turn, led police to two other suspects on Sunday, police said.The interrogation of the arrested men has revealed there were 10 men involved in the kidnapping.

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