A day after 27-year-old Sanjay Thakur, employed with an angadiya (courier firm), alleged that he was kidnapped by three men and robbed of Rs 22 lakh, police sources said they suspect Thakur made up the story.
The LT Marg police had registered a case of kidnapping and robbery after Thakur claimed that he was kidnapped from a crowded Bhuleshwar area while on his way to deliver the money to a businessman. He claimed he was bundled into a car and driven to Pakmodia Street.
A police officer said on condition of anonymity, “Thakur claimed he was kidnapped near Cotton Exchange and driven towards Pakmodia Street. When we reconstructed the incident, we found that the road was a one-way and the direction that he was allegedly taken in was the wrong one. Also, the car could not be seen in the CCTV camera footage near Pydhonie police station.”
The police also found that the wounds on his forehead and hand were self-inflicted. “Also, his statement had too many loopholes,” the officer said.
The police said on thorough interrogation, Thakur’s involvement was revealed. The three men and Thakur are acquainted, the official said. Avinash Sonavane, senior inspector, LT Marg police, said, “We have strong leads in the case and are close to catching the three.”