Eleven days after the 19-year-old son of a businessman was abducted at gunpoint from his BMW and released after his family paid Rs. 80 lakh as ransom, the special cell of the Delhi Police have arrested four people in connection with the incident.
The four arrested include B.Tech degree holder Surender Singh Gehlot, 34, who is also a property dealer cum bookie and the 28-year-old mastermind of the entire plan, who runs some unauthorised parking lots in Haryana. The other accused have been identified as Vikas Sehrawat, 31, and Jai Kumar alias Bachchan, 32.
SN Srivastava, special commissioner of police (special cell), said the four arrested people had abducted the son of a city realtor from outside his house in west Delhi, while he was returning from a party on December 30.
Police said the accused had planned and executed the abduction following a tip-off by a juvenile friend of the victim, who was also present at the party with him. The victim's BMW was later abandoned near Dwarka. Initially, they had demanded Rs. 10 crore as ransom. The police are probing the role of the juvenile in the abduction.
"The continuous negotiations made it amply clear that the abductors were hardened criminals. On January 1, our team managed to rescue the victim upon the payment of the agreed ransom. This was necessary as the safety and security of the victim was at stake and his release was given top priority, while making efforts to identify the criminals," said Srivastava.
Police later identified the house where the boy had been held captive and found that it belonged to Phool Singh. Singh, who along with his associates fled after allegedly receiving the ransom amount, could not be traced for the first few days. Investigators were sent to UP, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat to develop clues about the possible whereabouts of the accused.
On January 8, Sehrawat, Kumar and Gehlot were arrested from near a metro station in Dwarka, while Singh was arrested from near IMT, Manesar. All the accused have criminal cases against them including murder, attempt to murder, robbery and others.