Doctor abducted in Delhi by Ola driver found after 12 days in Meerut
Police rescued on Wednesday a Delhi doctor who was kidnapped by an Ola cab driver and held hostage by a gang for nearly two weeks in Meerut.
Srikanth Goud, who works at the Metro Hospital in east Delhi’s Preet Vihar, was rescued from an under-construction building where he was being held, and four members of the gang that kidnapped him were arrested from Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar after a gunfight with the police, according to joint commissioner of police, Eastern Range, Ravindra Yadav.
Goud took an Ola cab from the hospital on the night July 6 to go to south Delhi, but the driver took him to Dadri, where other suspects joined them.
It was not immediately clear how the driver took Goud that far by himself.
“After abducting Goud, the abductors called the cab providers and asked for Rs 5 crore as ransom to release him. They used different numbers and SIM cards to make the calls so that they are not traced. They even shot some of his videos and sent them to his family members in Hyderabad and the company,” a police officer said. The abduction was reported to police by Ola.
Ola did not respond to requests for a comment till this article went to press.
The driver, police said, enrolled with Ola using a fake license and forged documents.
He drove the car for a few months, before planning an abduction to make quick money.
The driver and three other suspects are on the run.
Police said they camped in Meerut for days before finding the hideout. The operation was carried out by a team of Delhi Police, UP police and special staff.Goud was being brought back to Delhi after his rescue.