Two days after Rajesh Gupta, 20, was allegedly abducted from his Kalina residence by four Bandra policemen, and accused of drug peddling, the Vakola police have arrested his landlord and four others for kidnapping his neighbour.
Sufiyan Ahmed Ali Shah, 36, also alleged that four men claiming to be police officials picked him up on the same night, assaulted him and abandoned him at Virar.
Gupta, who works with a catering company in Vikhroli, lives at Jamlipada chawl in Santacruz (East) with his parents. The police said there was dispute between Gupta and his landlord JC D'souza over the room.
"The policemen barged into my house and started assaulting me. They pulled out a gun and threatened to kill me," said Gupta.
They took Gupta to Bandra police station, where he was allegedly assaulted. He was released hours later after his neighbours and uncle reached the police station.
Meanwhile, Shah alleged that after Gupta was taken, over 20 people arrived at the chawl. While the others loaded Gupta’s belonging in a tempo, four of them claiming to be crime branch officials kidnapped Shah.
They said Gupta had named Shah as a part of his drug-peddling business. "They took me to CST, Bandra and Kurla areas and finally abandoned me at Virar. They said they would kill me in an encounter if I returned to Mumbai. I didn't have clothes and had to borrow some from a mosque. I then went to a relative's place," said Shah.
Shah returned home after a local non-government organisation approached the local police. His statement was recorded at Vakola police station on Wednesday.
"We are probing the allegations," said S Kore, assistant inspector, Vakola police.
Vishwas Nangre-Patil, regional additional commissioner of police, said, an independent inquiry had been ordered, which would be led by DCP M Dahikar.