A local businessman was allegedly abducted on Monday from his godown in Ranchi’s Pandra area and a ransom of Rs 1 crore was demanded from his family members, police said.
The suspected abductor, allegedly dressed in police uniform, lured Raju Mandal, owner of Shiv Shakti Marbles at Ratu Road, out of his godown near Friend’s Colony residence. Senior superintendent of police Kuldeep Dwivedi said, according to Mandal’s associates, the man claimed to be a jawan of Jharkhand police special task force.
“Mandal was told that there was some marble-related work in the police’s Jharkhand Jaguar headquarters. Mandal believed him and agreed to see the site. We believe after being lured out, he was forced into a car, probably an SUV,” said Dwivedi.
Later on Monday night, Mandal’s family received a phone call for a Rs 1 crore ransom. An FIR was lodged with the Sukhdeo Nagar police station in this regard.
The police suspect a local criminal group. “We have launched a manhunt and alerted our police stations,” said Dwivedi.
A family member said Mandal had received several threatening calls over past one week, including one on Sunday evening. However, Mandal did not take them seriously or report the matter to the police.
The CID and the Jharkhand police’s special branch have been roped in to investigate the case.
The abduction comes after a slew of attacks on businessmen in the state capital over the past 10 days. On February 28, a petrol pump manager was robbed at gunpoint near Mecon Colony. A transporter, Aditya Singh, was shot dead in Pandra on February 21 and a Tharpakna-based businessman, Manoj Verma, had a lucky escape after criminals opened fired on him at Radha Govind street.
Till September last year, 5,883 crimes, including 175 murders, were reported in Ranchi, according to the Jharkhand police.