Learning that the police were on their trail, the seven men who had kidnapped Pratik Pathare, 25, from Mulund on Tuesday night released him on Thursday. The plan was hatched by Jaya Pillai, 45, and her son-in-law Ulhas Nair when Pratik’s father refused to repay Rs40 lakh that he owed them, said the police.
Mahadev Gundewadi, assistant commissioner of police, Mulund division, said: “Pillai and Nair had paid Pratik’s father Vijay — who deals in finances — around Rs40 lakh. Vijay had promised the duo that he would get a loan of Rs3 crore approved for them.”
“When the loan wasn’t passed, they asked Vijay to return the amount, but he refused. So, they hatched a plan to get their money back,” said Gundewadi.
Pillai and Nair hired seven men to kidnap the Kalyan resident’s son, Pratik. On Tuesday around 10.30pm, five men forced Pratik — who worked at a Mulund-based advertising agency — to get into their car and drove him to Pune. Pratik’s colleagues informed his parents about the incident, following which a complaint was lodged at the Mulund police station.
“On Thursday, Vijay got a call saying that if he wanted his son back, he should repay the amount he owed the accused,” said Pandhari Patil, assistant inspector, Mulund police station.
The call was traced to a Pune address. On reaching the spot, the detection team led by Patil, learnt that Jaya Pillai had made the call. “On questioning her, we found that Pillai and Nair had plotted the abduction,” said Sanjay Shintre, deputy commissioner of police, zone 7. The duo was then arrested.
On learning of the arrests, the seven men who executed the abduction released Pratik from the spot in Pune where he was kept gagged. They made him board a Mumbai-bound bus from Pune. The police are still on the lookout for those who executed the plan.
“Vijay Pathare did not tell us that he owed money to someone. It would have helped in solving the case earlier,” said an officer from the Mulund police station requesting anonymity.
When contacted, Vijay Pathare refused to comment on the incident.