A 21-year-old student of a top Delhi University college was abducted by her boyfriend for Rs. 1.5 crore in ransom on Wednesday. The police, however, managed to trace and rescue the girl within 16 hours and arrest the accused — IP University graduate Abhishek Deep Anand.
The police called Anand, 24, a habitual offender who befriended DU girls and extorted money from them.
Sindhu Pillai, DCP (north), said the case came to their notice late Wednesday when they got a call from the girl’s father, who lives in Bangalore. The family returned to India from the US in 2009.
“He told us he had received a ransom call of Rs. 1.5 crore from his daughter’s mobile phone. The caller threatened to kill her if he didn’t pay up or if he went to the police,” said Pillai.
Since the father didn’t know where his daughter lived in the Capital, Pillai said, the police took the help of her friends.
“Questioning of her friends revealed she was in touch with Anand since January and the two were often seen together. We asked one of Anand’s friends to call him and ask him where he was. The call was traced to Paharganj but Anand lied to his friend about his location. We finally traced him to Hotel Ashoka in Paharganj,” the DCP said, adding that Anand broke down on interrogation and led the police to the victim, whom he had kept locked up in another room.
The girl told the police Anand had called her to a restaurant in Connaught Place. “There, Anand took her cellphone and made the ransom call to her father. She was unaware of his intentions till then,” said an officer.
“They left for Paharganj and it was on the way that Anand revealed his plan to her, threatening to kill her family members if she raised an alarm.”
In Paharganj, Anand forced her to book a room in the hotel in her name, locked her in it and booked himself in another room.