Doctor abducted from Delhi was drugged, terrorised
The 29-year-old doctor, who was found 12 days after his abduction, was drugged using injections, terrorised and kept tied to a chair in an under-construction building in Meerut by the eight kidnappers.
“He seemed shocked when he was rescued. As if he had lost all hope. He is traumatised to the extent that he is not saying anything against the abductors,” a police source said.
Srikanth Goud, hailing from Gadwal in Telangana, was allegedly abducted from east Delhi’s Preet Vihar on July 6, by an organised crime syndicate, including an Ola cab driver, from Western UP.
Goud, who works in Metro hospital in east Delhi’s Preet Vihar, had booked the Ola cab to go to South Delhi, after he missed a Metro. The driver drove him to Dadri instead.
“The driver took him to Dadri where other gang members joined him. The driver then switched off the navigation and drove Goud to Meerut where he was confined in an under-construction building,” a police officer said.
Goud, sources said, was tied up and as he resisted the bid, he was thrashed and threatened. He was also given injections to make his reflexes slow.
After taking him to Meerut, the abductors first called the Ola call center demanding a ransom of Rs 5 crore to release the passenger. The abductors told the cab aggregators that the incident will tarnish the image of the company forever, and they should pay the ransom if they wanted the matter to be under wraps. The cab company immediately called Preet Vihar police station and shared all the details of the driver along with the registration number of the car.
“The cab company informed us about the incident around 4 am on July 7, following which we put our teams to trace the car and track the driver’s number. We also put the number that was used to make the ransom call on surveillance,” a police officer said. Meanwhile, the police also contacted Gour’s hospital and got details of his family. They then contacted his family back in Telangana.
“The family said that even they received calls for ransom from random numbers. The abductors shot videos of Goud in a terrible state asking for water and sent them to his family members and the cab company,” a police source said.
The police made a list of numbers that the abductors used to make those calls and also traced the location from where the videos were sent. The investigators took the dump data of the area from where the calls were made and traced the location to Meerut.
“With the help of technical surveillance, we found that the men were in Western UP. Their location was constantly changing as they were using different numbers and handsets to make the calls. Their earlier location was in Haridwar but by the time our teams got there, they had escaped. They were finally nabbed near Muzaffarnagar after a shootout. While four have been arrested, four others managed to escape,” a police officer said.
Police said that while it appears that Goud was fed, they are not certain if he was kept in harsh conditions. “He appeared weak and under a state of shock when he was rescued. He has now been asked to take rest and will also be given counselling. It appears that he was thrashed and terrorised because of which he has gone quiet. We suspect that he was drugged,” a police officer said.
Goud completed his medical degree from Jiujiang University in China and got registered with the AP Medical Council in 2013. Having secured Medical Council of India’s clearance, he settled down in Delhi two years ago.