The Samajwadi Party’s Mumbai vice-president, Drigesh Yadav, has been missing for more than a fortnight now.
A government civil contractor, Yadav was allegedly abducted on April 30. Along with the politician, the kidnappers have also abducted his personal assistant.
Yadav was last seen leaving his residence at the Mhada Colony in Dindoshi around 3.15 pm, sources said. “The family received a ransom call on May 3. The caller, who identified himself as Rehman, asked for a ransom of Rs5 crore. Negotiations have been going on since then and the ransom has now come down to Rs 2 crore,” a police officer told the Hindustan Times, on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Yadav’s personal assistant Ashok Yadav was with Yadav when he stepped out of his home on April 30.
“It’s a case of kidnapping for ransom. I will not be able to share details with you now as the investigation is in progress,” said Ramaro Pawar, additional commissioner of police.
The black Scorpio in which the duo left has not yet been traced.
Sources said that Yadav sub-contracts his jobs to smaller contractors.
“There have been complaints that he was not forthcoming when it came to making payments, but we don’t think any of his rivals or sub-contractors are behind the kidnapping,” the officer said.
Yadav has done a doctorate on poems written by Harivanshrai Bachchan, and is married to an anaesthetist. He has three brothers.
The officer said the case has been registered at Kurar police station.
A special squad of 20
policemen has been formed to track down the duo, but the team has not made headway so far.
Abu Azmi, Mumbai president of the Samajwadi Party, said: “We have approached senior police officers and the home minister over the issue. The police are working to secure his release.”