BSP leader Mohammad Arif faked his abduction out of frustration due to financial crisis and losses in business.
BSP chief Mayawati has reportedly cancelled his candidature from Budhana constituency and sacked him from the party after the story of his fake kidnapping surfaced.
Police found Arif five days after his alleged abduction and he confessed that he masterminded his own kidnapping and spent five days in Delhi, Manali, Chandigarh and Panipat.
“We were tracking his telephone calls and collecting intelligence inputs about his movements and finally found him when he was returning home to Budhana town of Muzaffarnagar,” said J Ravindra Gaur, SSP of Meerut. Gaur claimed that Arif faked his kidnapping out of frustration due to financial crisis and loss in business.
Arif, a resident of Jaula village in Muzaffarnagar, was BSP’s candidate from Budhana for the forthcoming state assembly elections.
Arif had multiple businesses but his main business was to arrange stalls for various national and international clients at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan fir different commercial and business activities.
According to police, he suffered a heavy loss in business. So he faked his kidnapping to divert attention.
“Now we are seeking legal opinion on clauses under which a case can be lodged against Arif,” Gaur said.
Arif had gone missing under mysterious circumstances on July 13 while he was on the way to Meerut from his residence in Dwarka.
His Scorpio car was found near Dabka village. Family members reported the matter to police and a case of kidnapping was lodged.