"Cheated" by an IT firm of Rs 1.8 lakh on the pretext of a job, an aspirant hired a gang of criminals and got three company executives abducted to get his money back. The leader of the gang, a notorious criminal, has been arrested.
The sensational kidnappings and the subsequent rescue operation - which transpired over the last one week - were kept under wraps by police.
According to DCP (east) Maheshwar Dayal, Vinod Kumar, a notorious criminal from Haryana's Jind district, disclosed that his gang was hired by a man who was allegedly duped by the IT company on the pretext of a job.
The man who hired the goons is still to be identified.
The gang abducted three executives, including the director of the company, from outside their office in Sector 33.
The goons assaulted them and also forced them to transfer around Rs 3.7 lakh in different bank accounts.
They also demanded a ransom of R15 lakh from the family of the director for his safe release.
While two of the employees were abducted on Tuesday, the director was kidnapped on Wednesday.
"A gang of criminals led by Vinod abducted branch manager Anoop Singh, 24, and engineer Tirupati Padhi, 20, of San Coastal Technologies on Tuesday evening," the DCP said.
"They kept the duo in an SUV that kept roaming in Delhi for two days during which they assaulted them. They also kept withdrawing money from various ATM booths in Delhi and Gurgaon," the DCP added.
According to police, the goons struck again on Wednesday and abducted company director KC Joshi.
On Thursday, the two executives managed to give the abductors a slip and approached a PCR van stationed nearby.
The police went after the goons and nabbed Vinod Kumar while the others managed to escape. A city court on Friday remanded him in two days' police custody.
Meanwhile, Joshi reached a relative's home in Delhi.
The police are not sure whether he also escaped or his family members paid the ransom amount. Surprisingly, Joshi has not contacted the police to lodge any complaint.