A 20-year-old Delhi University (DU) student was detained for staging his own kidnapping, in a bid to cheat his family of Rs 20 lakh in Central Delhi’s Karol Bagh area on Thursday, the police said.
“The accused has been identified as Mohammad Hamid Iqbal, a third-year student at Delhi University’s Aurobindo College,” Jaspal Singh, deputy commissioner of police (central) told Hindustan Times.
According to police, Iqbal, who hails from Assam’s Dibrugarh, disappeared from his sister Tarannum Khatoon’s residence at Filmistan on August 30. “We received a missing complaint from his family the following day. A few hours later, however, the complainants told us that they had received a text message from Iqbal’s number.
The sender claimed that Iqbal had been kidnapped and would only be set free on the receipt of Rs 10 lakh within a day,” said a senior police officer from the investigation team. The alleged kidnapper provided Tarannum a bank account number in which the money was to be deposited at the earliest. “When she replied to the text message saying that the amount was too high, she received another SMS doubling the ransom amount,” said the officer.
“Terrified, she deposited in the account Rs 20,000 that she borrowed from her relatives at short notice,” the officer said. The money was withdrawn immediately after it had been credited into the account, leading police investigators to suspect that Iqbal was complicit in the crime.
“We began tracing him through electronic surveillance and were led to southeast Delhi’s Nizamuddin area,” said the officer. “The kidnapper had fled by the time we reached. We were then led to Ajmer,” the officer added. By this time, investigators were convinced that Iqbal was behind the ‘crime’. “The team set base near the Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti dargah, from where Iqbal was apprehended on Wednesday evening,” the officer said.