Kidnappers held before extorting Rs. 50 crore ransom money

freedNEW DELHI: With the arrest of four criminals, the Delhi Police Crime Branch on Sunday cracked the kidnapping case of a teenager in which the abductors had asked for Rs 50 crore, the highest ever ransom demanded in the city.

On Sunday, TOI had reported that the case had been solved and at least three men had been nabbed.

Joint commissioner (crime) Ravindra Yadav announced the breakthrough on Sunday afternoon, adding that his teams were on the lookout for at least eight other men who played different roles in the kidnapping.

Two of the conspirators, Mahesh and Manjeet, are property dealers and small-time workers of a political party. They nursed a grudge against the teenager’s father and had hired professional criminals to carry out the abduction.

The arrested criminals have been identified as Vikrant Shokeen and Vinod Kumar from Chhawla in southwest Delhi, Vichitra Vir from Swaroop Nagar and Anand (27) from Prahladpur Bangar. Vinod is also an accused in a gang rape case lodged at Najafgarh police station in 2006.

“We are trying to ascertain the whereabouts of their associates and the ransom money. We have recovered the BMW of the victim, the Scorpio and Swift used in the crime, a Pulsar, sedative tablets and ampoules. The kidnappers panicked due to the pressure built by the Crime Branch and released the victim for Rs 1 crore,” joint CP Yadav said.

The victim, 19-year-old Rocky (name changed) is the son of a former councillor. He was abducted from Subhash Place in northwest Delhi while he was on his way to college in his BMW on September 27.

The criminals, dressed as policemen, intercepted his car in their Scorpio and took him to a “police station” to issue a challan for breaking the traffic signal.

The police, however, were alerted through a PCR call from an eyewitness, Aman, who said he had seen some men accost the teenager. An FIR was lodged against unknown people for kidnapping an unidentified youth.

Meanwhile, Rocky’s father received a ransom call from the kidnappers from his son’s cellphone. After negotiating for five days, the father managed to bring down the “immediate ransom” to Rs 1 crore. The money was paid and the teenager released on October 4.

“Teams led by DCPs Bhisham Singh and Ram Gopal Naik were deployed to crack the case. On October 7, cops got a tip-off that the gang-members would come to Jhatikra More in southwest Delhi. A Swift car (HR 26 BW 1234) coming from Chhawla side was intercepted by a team led by ACP Sanjay Sehrawat and inspector Sunil. The four occupants of the car were overpowered after a brief scuffle,” Yadav said.

On interrogation, the arrested men revealed that they were friends with one Mahesh of Prahladpur and worked as bouncers at a toll plaza, apart from dealing in property.

A few months ago, Mahesh told them about Rocky’s father saying they could easily earn Rs 50-60 crore. They then hatched the plan to kidnap the teenager.

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