The crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested five men, including four call centre employees, for allegedly abducting a Gujarat-based businessman outside the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) about a fortnight ago.
The abductors had demanded a ransom amount of Rs 1.5 crore for his release.
The police said the accused even made a CD where the victim was shown blindfolded under chains and sent it to his family.
The victim, Raju Bhai Himat Ram Malvi (32) has a manufacturing unit for gold items that are exported to the Middle East.
The three accused have been identified as Sandeep Parmar (23), Mukul Yadav (22) and Sandeep Singh (23), all residents of Gurgaon.
“One of the arrested men, Sandeep Parmar, working at a call centre, is the son of a cloth merchant in Surat and is a relative of the victim. He hatched a conspiracy along with his friends to abduct the victim for money,” said Muktesh Chander, additional commissioner of police (Crime).
“The other accused, Mukul, is also working at a call centre and his father is an engineer at the Ahmedabad airport. The third accused Sandeep Singh had come to Delhi recently and was looking for a job, the other two accused Ashish Uppal and Saurabh Sharma are also working with a call center,” added Chander.
The police said the accused contacted Malvi on phone and called him to Delhi on the pretext of placing an order for gold items and sent him air tickets by courier.
“As soon as he arrived in Delhi On June 25, the abductors met him at the airport and took him to an undisclosed location in Gurgaon,” said Chander.
Investigations have revealed that the accused were using Malvi's cellphone to make ransom calls and were regularly changing their locations to avoid detection.
The abductors identified themselves as members of the Pathan Gang from Dubai and made all calls between 2 and 4 am. Police have detained two more persons in the case and are verifying their role.