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Gurugram: Four arrested for kidnapping lift operator, demanding ₹2.5L

cities Updated: Oct 03, 2019 22:29 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

Four men were arrested from Rohtak on Wednesday for allegedly kidnapping and extorting ₹2.45 lakh from a lift operator working at a condominium in the city. The police said that the men allegedly held him hostage at Sampla village in Rohtak for around three days, before letting him go.

The arrested men were identified as Sunil, Sanjay, both from Sampla, Rohtak; Sanjeet from Jhajjar and Amandeep from Bhiwani. They were arrested near the Delhi-Rohtak flyover in Sampla village after police received a tip-off. The police have also confiscated a Honda Amaze car that was used by the suspects to kidnap the victim.

Rajkumar, the victim, is a native of Muzaffarpur, Bihar, and a resident of Sihi village in Sector 8. He lives with his two cousin brothers on rent and works in Sector 84.

According to the police complaint, on September 24, Rajkumar did not report for work and stayed at home due to pain in his legs. However, around 11am, he allegedly received a call from his supervisor who asked him to come to the society immediately as one of the lifts had stopped working. The victim said that he would reach within 30 minutes and left his home on foot. As he was on his way to work, a Honda Amaze car, in which three men were sitting, allegedly stopped in front of Rajkumar, and two of the men got out. They allegedly told him that they are Special Task Force (STF) officials and forced him to sit in the car.

The police said that the suspects allegedly took the victim to Sampla village and held him hostage at a room near the bus stand. They allegedly beat him and called his father and asked him for ₹2 lakh as ransom. The victim’s father allegedly transferred the money to the victim’s bank account through multiple transactions. According to the police, Sunil, one of the suspects, then allegedly transferred the money to his relative’s bank account.

Subhash Boken, spokesperson, city police, said, “The suspects later demanded ₹50,000 more from the father but he could transfer only ₹45,000. On September 27, they released the victim and gave him ₹1,000 and asked him to go to his native town in Bihar.”

The police said that the suspects allegedly dropped the victim in Bahadurgarh, Jhajjar, from where the victim went to Old Delhi railway station and left for Bihar. He allegedly returned to the city on Wednesday and gave the details about the suspects to the police.

“The suspects were not acquainted with the victim. They had randomly picked him up to extort money,” Boken added.

According to the police, the suspects have allegedly confessed to kidnapping the victim and extorting ₹2.45 lakh from him. The money is yet to be recovered from the suspects. They were produced before a district court and sent to police remand on Thursday.