Kushalnagar man vital link in Mysore kidnap?

After Mohan and son were kidnapped in Yadavagiri of Mysore on October 13, one of the kidnappers revealed that ‘a person from Kushalnagar had given a supari of Rs 50 lakh to kill Mohan. “How much can you pay for your life?” the kidnappers had asked Mohan and he had replied with failing hope that he might “arrange a few thousand rupees”, the now free contractor recounted at a media briefing at the Police Commissioner’s office on Monday.

“They (abductors) were addressing me as ‘Nanda’, my other name known only to my friends and close relatives. The abductors mentioned a person from Kushalnagar on a few occasions,” Mohan Kumar said. 

Ransom slashed

Commissioner Sunil Agarwal said, the kidnappers seemed desperate to settle the ransom amount as they feared being caught. They reduced the ransom from Rs 50 lakh on the day of kidnap to Rs 30 lakh when they were negotiating with Mohan’s wife Kavita. After Mohan’s release, they demanded that he arrange for Rs 35 lakh in return for his son’s freedom but within hours slashed the amount to Rs 15 lakh.

Though the rescue teams were in plainclothes, the abductors seemed to have spied the police cover as they frequently altered the appointments fixed for Mohan to deliver the ransom amount. The first appointment at 1.30 pm was postponed to 3.30 pm and then to 5.10 pm, before the kidnappers shelved the whole operation and pushed Tushar out of the boot of the car near Banashankari on Sunday. What  forced them to release Tushar is not known.

The Commissioner said all three accused of kidnap have been arrested by Tumkur police. Two of the accused are Subhash (22) alias Babu, son of Chalavadi, Navalagund, Hubli, a resident of Yelahanka in Bangalore, and Rakesh (20), son of Nagaraj, a part-time employee with a cellular service provider in Bangalore. The name of the third accused was withheld so as not to hamper the  investigation.

Subhash was arrested by Tumkur police on a tip off that a van belonging to Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) carrying a big sum of money may be intercepted on the highway. After Subhash’s arrest, the other two were arrested. During interrogation, the trio revealed that they were part of the gang that kidnapped Mohan Kumar and son. The accused will be brought here soon after procuring body warrant and produced before a court, the Commissioner said. Of the 10 rescue teams, six were from Mysore city and the rest from City Crime Branch (CCB), Bangalore.

Mobile kidnapper

The technical team had recorded the conversation between the kidnappers and Kavita 40 times.

The kidnappers used the cell phone of Mohan till his release and later changed the sim.  Mohan’s mobile phone was held by a kidnapper, who was always mobile and led the cops from Huliyurdurga to Hassan,  Mangalore and several other places.

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