Eight people were arrested by the Nerul police for allegedly kidnapping a minor.
Ashish Kanoji (17), a resident of Nerul, was kidnapped by his friend Narendra Tiwari and others on August 8 on the pretext of helping him secure admissions in a Vashi-based college.
The victim was called near Belapur Bridge with his passing certificates and was later kidnapped in a Santro car.
The teenager’s father filed a missing complaint at the Nerul police station on Sunday.
The accused allegedly demanded Rs 1 crore from the victim’s father. The police rescued the teenager on August 11 from an abattoir house in Pune.
Tiwari is the teenager’s neighbour and is now behind bars.
Other accused Mohammad Subedar, 36, Nishid Nayar, 24, Ashfaq Patel, 34, Firoz Khan, 32, Abdul Shaikh, 34, Anwar Shaikh, 27 and Sager Shah, 26, were also arrested.
The accused allegedly committed the crime to earn quick money. “The accused knew Kanoji and called the victim at Belapur on the pretext of helping him get admission in a Vashi based college,” said the Commissioner of Police Ahmad Javed. “The accused demanded Rs. 1 crore from the victim’s father and then finalised a deal of Rs. 7 lakh.”
“The accused called victim’s father near Raghuleela Mall in Vashi to hand over the cash. The police arrested three of the accused and then other three from near Belapur who held Ashish. The other two accused were finally arrested from Pune,” he said.
Ashish said, “Narendra is my neighbour and I knew him well. He promised me an admission in a Vashi based college in the science stream. He called me regarding the admission and he and his colleagues kidnapped me.”
The accused also assaulted Ashish. “They blindfolded me in the car. They beat me and also stabbed me in my leg with a knife.”
Speaking about the motive, the teenager’s father Ramtilak Kanoji said: “The accused were supposedly helping my son get admission with a donation of Rs 50,000.”
“When my son agreed to give the amount, they must have thought that we can shell out a big amount and thus demanded 1 crore after kidnapping Ashish,” Kanoji said.