Two movies -- Ishqiya and Kidnap -- inspired a driver and his wife to carry out the sensational kidnapping of the Sitapur-based woman district manager of UP State Food and Essential Commodity Corporation who was kidnapped from Unnao on Friday.
The driver got the idea after watching Kidnap while his wife, an avid film buff, got so carried away with Vidya Balan's role in Ishqiya that she decided to carry out Balan's reel life act in real.
The special task force (STF) sleuths rescued the official, Rakesh Jain, from a house in Kumedaankhera village under Azgain police station of Unnao, 40 kilometers from Lucknow on Monday night.
Jain's driver Abhay Soni, his wife Mahima, brother Santosh, nephew Arjun and friend Irfaan were arrested. On Tuesday, the STF produced them before the media.
Soni, who was employed by Jain two months back said, while driving the official around, he kept on hearing the official talk 'big money.'
"I often heard her talking over the phone about her rich lifestyle. She also talked big money. That's when I felt that after kidnapping her, maybe we might get rich," he said.
Around the time, he watched the film Kidnap on TV. He then shared it with his wife, who got even more "excited."
She had already seen Ishqiya.
And she started pushing her husband to carry out the plan. The couple also got their relatives to join them in their act. "We thought that we could easily get Rs 50 lakh ransom," the accused driver said. On Friday, after work while driving the official back to her residence in Indica car (UP32 CP 6880), Soni said that his family members were stranded and asked whether he could drop them home as well. The official agreed and as per plan, the relatives also got into the same car in which the official was going home.
The couple sat in the front while the rest of their relatives sat on the back. Soon they overpowered the official, tied her up and covered her with a veil (burqa).
"She was taken to Unnao where she was held captive," SSP STF Naveen Arora said.
ADG (Law and Order) Brij Lal said the kidnappers had demanded Rs 50 lakh as ransom from Jain's brother. When the brother expressed inability to pay the amount, the kidnappers demanded Rs 15 lakh. He said, "The kidnappers had also provided an account number of a private bank where the amount was to be deposited."
Rakesh's brother deposited Rs 2 lakh initially on the account number, of the HDFC bank. The account, STF discovered later, was in the name of Irfaan, friend of Rakesh's driver Soni.
Ironically enough, it was this account number which provided the STF sleuths, the clue to the kidnappers. Rakesh's brother had informed the STF about the account number on which the amount had been deposited. The STF sleuths started
monitoring the account and collected the detail of the withdrawal.
Soni's younger brother Rajendra too is still wanted in connection with the abduction.