A 56-year-old builder was allegedly abducted shortly after he left his residence in south Delhi’s posh Greater Kailash area on Friday evening.
Vinod Kumar Gupta, a resident of Masjid Moth in Greater Kailash part III, left his residence in his golden colour Toyota Corolla car at 9pm on Friday night. He had promised his family that he would be back in an hour, but had not mentioned where he was going.
While the vehicle was found abandoned at Pari Chowk in Greater Noida on Saturday morning, nearly 24 hours after his disappearance, Gupta's whereabouts continue to remain a mystery.
Two hours after he left home, when Gupta’s family tried to reach him and discovered that both the mobile phones were switched off they lodged a missing person’s report at the CR Park police station.
“Around 6.35am, we received a call from the victim’s son, Ankur, who informed us that the Uttar Pradesh police had informed the family that Gupta’s car had been found in Greater Noida and the complaint was converted into a criminal case of abduction,” said a senior police officer investigating the case.
Ajay Chaudhary, additional commissioner of police (southeast), however, informed that the family had not received any call for ransom.
Sources claim that Gupta constructed several residential complexes in east and northeast Delhi, and had also undertaken construction of similar buildings in the Greater Kailash area.
Police said prima facie investigations based on technical surveillance had revealed that Gupta's phones were last active in the adjacent Sarita Vihar area.
Gupta's son, Ankur, is understood to be a part of his father’s business, and his daughter is married. The family refused to comment on the matter.