The city police have arrested the car driver of Satyam Computer General Manager Vedula Satyanarayana for masterminding the kidnap of his master for ransom.
Announcing this at a press conference in Hyderabad on Wednesday evening, City Commissioner of Police Balwinder Singh said that during the course of investigation of the kidnap case, clues were gathered and it was established that the car driver V Mohan and his associate Kathi Venkanna committed this offence along with their other associates from Warangal district.
The motive behind kidnapping was ransom. The other accused posed as Naxalites (Maoists) while whisking away Satyanarayana, Singh further added.
Satyanarayana, who was also present at the media conference, recalled the incident. "The gang members blindfolded me and drove me away in a car. They threatened to kill me if a ransom of Rs 20 lakh was not paid," he said.
"They lodged me in a dark room. They also had weapons. I dealt with them gently and sent SMSs to my wife, informing about their demand," he recalled. After the police swung into action, the kidnappers left him at a railway station where he boarded a Hyderabad-bound train and reached the city on Wednesday.
The commissioner said that soon after Satyanarayana's wife Kiranmayee Vedula lodged a complaint with the police at 10 am on Tuesday, rescue and search operations were immediately launched at various hideouts of the gang.
"Due to continued pressure, Satyanarayana was released safely by the kidnappers, without the payment of any ransom. Two persons have been arrested — car driver Mohan and Kongara David, who provided shelter to kidnappers at Nekkonda village in Warangal district," Balwinder Singh added.
"Further operations are continuing to identify and apprehend the other gang members," he said and pointed out that eight to 10 persons were involved in the entire episode. Venkanna, another key accused, and driver Mohan hailed from Gudur village in Warangal district.
Mohan had been working as driver for Satyanarayana for the last three years. He planned the kidnap as he was aware of the "wealth" of his master.
Satyanarayana (40) left his house in East Marredpally at 8.30 am on Tuesday to drop his two daughters at Geetanjali Devashray School near Sangeet theatre in Secunderabad, when he was bundled into a Indica car and taken away.