A 20-year old law student learnt it the hard way the mistake of sharing phone numbers with strangers. The student had shared his phone number with two unidentified men outside a liquor store. The men later abducted him and threw him in a sewer tank at Bisrakh area of Gautam Budh Nagar on August 7.
Police on Saturday nabbed the two accused who demanded a sum of Rs 50 lakh from the victim's father who is an advocate at the Ghaziabad court.
The victim, Arun Kumar, had gone to a model wine shop to fetch a bottle of beer when he came in contact with the two accused, Jai Shanker Singh and Puneet Chaudhary. The victim exchanged his mobile number with them. Next day, the two accused abducted Kumar after having some drinks together.
"The accused laced his drink with sleeping pills and drove his car towards Lal Kuan on NH-24. They strangled him with a cord of a mobile charger and dumped him inside an empty sewer at an isolated place, thinking him to be dead," superintendent of police SS Yadav said.
The victim regained consciousness at around 12 at night. "During our conversation at the shop, they saw my expensive mobile phones and car and planned to kidnap me. They took my mobile phone and called up my father for a sum of R50 lakh," the victim said.
"Through electronic surveillance we tracked the two accused and also recovered the car and two mobile phones robbed by the accused,” the SP added.