College mates kidnap teen, friend’s quick thinking saves him

This comes straight out of a Bollywood "masala" flick.

Two teenagers tried to kidnap their college mate, the son of a builder, on Wednesday evening but were arrested minutes later due to quick thinking by the later's friend.

Kasarwadavli resident Gaurav Patil (19) had been receiving SMSes from a girl, who identified herself as Sweety, for more than a week. She insisted that Patil meet her at a café near Hiranandani Estate.

"She had been troubling me for a week. I had even switched off my cellphone for a few days but when I switched it on again, she started sending more SMSes. Exasperated, I agreed to meet her. I went with my friend Mahesh Shinge (19) in his white Skoda Laura," said Patil, a Class 12 Science student if Dnyanganga College.

When Patil reached the café, he saw his college friend Sunny Dhutkar (19), a resident of Mongarpada, standing outside the outlet. Patil knew Dhutkar since high school.

"He said he had given my cell number to Sweety and would take me to her. We picked up his friend Raviraj Pujari (19), also from the same college. They then asked us to stop near the Manpada bus stop and brandished knives at us. Dhutkar asked Shinge to drive towards Fountain Hotel on Ghodbunder Road," said Patil.

"When we reached in front of Kasarwadavli police station, Shinge stopped the car, opened the door and started shouting. The police immediately rushed towards the car. Dhutkar and Pujari tried to runaway but were soon caught," said Patil.

"Dhutkar and Pujari are from well-to-do families. It seems they spend money on drinking binges. They had planned to demand a ransom of Rs 1 crore from Patil's family," said Inspector Pramod Khade of Kasarwadavli police station.

"Both of them have criminal records. They had robbed two vehicles at gunpoint. They were released from jail last month," added Khade. The duo has been remanded in police custody till August 11.


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