Abdul Munaf, the alleged key member of a kidnap gang busted recently by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), claimed that he was a civil service aspirant and planned to use the ransom amount to fund his preparations.
“Munaf bragged about his educational qualifications. A graduate, he told us he wanted to become an IAS officer,” said a CBI source, who does not want to be named. On Monday, the CBI had rescued two Tamil Nadu-based yarn traders — AG Anandan and Lenin — who had allegedly been abducted by Munaf’s gang on November 25 and were confined in a flat in the Uttam Nagar area.
“Munaf said he planned to use the R25 lakh ransom, which his gang had extorted from the two traders, to fund his civil service preparations,” said the source. Though the CBI is yet to ascertain Munaf’s antecedents and background before kidnapping the traders, the agency suspects that he was allegedly involved in money-laundering activities and cheating.
The CBI has seized forged loan documents from his gang’s hideout, where the two traders were kept.
The gang had hired two persons, including a translator. In what is an indication of the gang’s “meticulous groundwork” before kidnapping Anandan and Lenin, Munaf revealed that his gang had hired the services of a Tamil-speaking accomplice as a translator, said the source.
“It was this translator, who had conversed with the two traders when the gang was luring them to come to Delhi to buy cheap yarn. The translator is still at large,” said the source.
Apart from the translator, the gang, allegedly led by Munaf and co-controller Sanjeev Radi, had also “roped in two other facilitators for the kidnapping operation: an expert forger and a businessman whose city-based bank account was used to receive the ransom money from the traders’ relatives,” said the source. The forger, N Mohammed, and the owner of the bank account, Grijesh Chandra, were arrested by the CBI on Thursday.