A family member of Nepalese businessman Suresh Kedia has gone on air to claim that he was not ‘rescued’ by Bihar Police, but let off on his own by the criminals who abducted him and brought him over to India.
Though ADG (headquarters) Sunil Kumar said it was false propaganda, TV channels, however, quoting his relatives claimed that the businessman paid Rs 10 crore as ransom for his release, though the family is incommunicado since.
The family has also claimed that the amount was sent from Kathmandu to Mumbai in two installments via hawala channel. After receiving the ransom, the kidnappers released Kedia in a village of Motihari district of Bihar.
They added, that after collecting the money, the kidnappers themselves informed the Bihar Police that Kedia had been freed. Meanwhile, Kedia also dismissed Bihar Police’s claim that they rescued him by raiding the kidnappers’ hideout.
At the press conference organised by Motihari Police on Sunday, Kedia had revealed that the kidnappers had themselves freed him.
“They blindfolded me and asked me to sit on a bike. Then they freed me in a village,” Kedia said at the press conference in the presence of SPs of East and West Champaran, Jitendra Rana and Vinay Kumar, respectively.
At the same press conference, SP Rana, however, claimed that the kidnappers ran away when confronted by the police. Bihar Police handed over Kedia to his family members in the bordering town of Raxaul on Sunday evening.
Suresh Kedia, brother of Nepal MP Vimal Kedia was abducted on May 26, near Pasaha River west of Bariyarpur falling under Bara district of Nepal. The assailants first opened fire at Kedia’s driver Shyam Umesh Prasad Sah and then took control of the vehicle. They then pulled out Suresh from his SUV and transported him on their own vehicle through Chhauradano and Adapur road to Motihari.
The Indian border is 14 kilometers away from where Kedia was abducted. The Nepal administration had also asked the Consulate General’s Office of India in Birgunj to help the Nepalese search team.
Investigators found signature of a professional abductors gang. The gang had abducted him in Bara where he had gone to offer prayers. The police suspect the gang to be the one led by the notorious Bablu Dubey, who has 36 cases ranging from abduction to murder against him. Dubey was once arrested in Nepal in 2013, yet his gang flourished even as he remained in jail.
There are several splinter groups of erstwhile Champaran gangs, which carry out abductions, but the one led by Bablu is the main gang.
Police say, the Dubey gang specialises in abductions of industrialists and collecting huge ransoms.
An officer from Delhi section of the Intelligence Bureau said that abductions are clearly on the rise in Bihar and the police have their task cut out. These gangs operate not just in Bihar but in neighbouring countries as well, which makes policing and interdiction difficult.