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Mira Rd couple abducted, beaten up for ransom

mumbai Updated: May 24, 2011 01:15 IST
HT Correspondent

A newly married couple from Mira Road has filed a police complaint alleging that four men abducted them, kept them hostage for two days and beat them up in an attempt to extort Rs5 lakh from them.

The police are on the lookout for the four men who allegedly carried out the attack.

Mohammed Memon, 48, and his wife Zuaana, 23, were acquainted with one of the alleged abductors identified as Nadeem. Zuaana said she had met Nadeem through a common friend.

Mohammed said: “They came to our house around 1am on May 12. Nadeem lives near our house and said he wanted to take us out to celebrate our wedding.”

Mohammed met Zuaana, a citizen of Uzbekistan, six months ago. “I was travelling in India with friends when I met Mohammed. We fell in love and married three months later,” said Zuaana. “We recently bought our house at Mira Road.” When the couple stepped out of their flat, the four men allegedly forced them into a car and drove away.

According to the first information report (FIR), the couple was taken to a deserted house in Mira Road and kept in separate rooms. “I was beaten up with a hockey stick for two days. They broke my fingers and fractured my wrists. I could hear Zuaana screaming for help,” said Mohammed. “They kept hitting me on my feet with hockey sticks. They tortured my husband in front of me and told me that if we did not give them the money, they would not spare either of us,” alleged Zuaana.

The couple claimed they were released two days later, on May 14, after the kidnappers realised they did not have enough money.

“I work as a real estate agent and barely have savings. They assumed my wife would be able to pay them because she is not Indian. After torturing us for a day, they let my wife go and told her to return with the money,” said Mohammed.

As per the FIR, when Zuaana failed to arrange for the money, they were released. “They have been calling and threatening us since then. We moved to a relative’s home near JJ hospital and lodged a complaint at the JJ Marg police station,” said Zuaana.

Khanderao Patil, senior police inspector, JJ Marg police station, said: “The case has been transferred to the Mira Road police as the crime scene is there and the complainants are of the area.”

The case was transferred on Monday. The police said the couple has identified three of the four accused — Nadeem, 38, Azam, 25, and Sonu, 23.