A 25-year-old staged his own kidnapping so that he could use the ransom to buy a new house.
Ravi Khatri, son of Ulhasnagar businessman Mohan Parmanand Khatri, left home on November 18 and did not return.
His wife, Divya, and sister, Hema Makhija, received text messages saying Ravi had been kidnapped and would be released for a ransom of Rs 25 lakh.
The message also said Ravi would be killed if the family informed the police.
Deputy commissioner of police, Ulhasnagar, Sarang Awad said Khatri registered a missing complaint saying his son, Ravi, has left home in the evening on November 18 saying he was going to the barber’s shop but did not return.
Awad said during investigations, the police traced the location of the mobile phone from which the family received the text messages.
When they reached the spot, a lodge at Nallasopara, they found Ravi there and arrested him when he admitted that he had sent the messages.
According to police sources, Ravi said he had staged his kidnapping because he wanted to buy a new flat and live separately with his wife and daughter but his parents were not fulfilling his demand.
Fed up of constant fights at home over this, he came up with this plan thinking it would solve his problems, he told the police.