Police rescued a youth from kidnappers in Manpur area, Sitapur district, only to discover that the whole episode was an elaborate plot to buy a bike.
Chand Alam, the ‘victim’, went missing on June 7, following which his father, Yakub, received a ransom call for Rs 5 lakh.
Based on Yakub’s complaint, police began investigating the case, bringing in the crime branch, SP Sitapur Soumitra Yadav said. A surveillance cell was also deployed to track down the abductors based on the ransom calls.
Police soon discovered the calls were coming from nearby locations, narrowing the search field.
In the course of negotiations, the ransom amount also came down to Rs 2.5 lakh.
Police finally nabbed the culprits during the ransom delivery and Alam was rescued.
However, the kidnappers soon came clean during the interrogation – Alam was the mastermind behind the plot.
The arrested were identified as six of Alam’s friends – Naushad, Shaban, Chand Babu, Irshad, Ahtishaam and Kaamil.
The youth had come up with plan to get money from his father to buy a bike and an expensive mobile, the Yadav said. He had promised to pay his friends in return for their help to stage the ploy.