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Five arrested for abducting South Delhi property dealer for Rs 2 lakh

DCP (south) Romil Baaniya said the mastermind, Kartik Monga, 19, hatched the kidnapping of Nitin Saini to get back the Rs 2 lakh the latter had borrowed a month ago and was not returning despite repeated requests.

delhi Updated: Aug 25, 2018 04:13 IST
Karn Pratap Singh
Karn Pratap Singh
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Police said they managed to nab the men within three hours of the abduction, when they turned up to collect the ransom. (Getty Images/Picture for representation)

A 28-year-old property dealer was allegedly abducted on Thursday night from south Delhi’s Chhatarpur and held for a ransom of Rs 2 lakh by five men, including one of his friends, with whom he had a monetary dispute, police said.

Police said they managed to nab the men within three hours of the abduction, when they turned up to collect the ransom.

DCP (south) Romil Baaniya said the mastermind, Kartik Monga, 19, hatched the kidnapping of Nitin Saini to get back the Rs 2 lakh Saini had borrowed a month ago and was not returning despite repeated requests.

The other arrested men were identified as Devender alias Goldi,24, Mukesh Verma,22, Pawan Kumar,35, and Yogendra Singh,32.

Baaniya said the crime came to fore when Saini’s cousin, Rajeev Saini, approached the Safdarjung Enclave police station around 9pm Thursday and filed a complaint about the ransom calls. “The complainant claimed he had received three calls, wherein the caller demanded Rs 2 lakh for Nitin’s release,” said Baaniya.

A case was registered, and during investigation, it was learnt that Nitin had left home around 6pm with his friend Samar. Nitin was last contacted around 8.30pm. “When Rajeev received the extortion call, he tried to contact his cousin but his phone was found to be switched off. The caller had asked him to deliver the money outside a hotel in Chhatarpur and threatened to kill Saini if they informed the police,” said an investigator.

When Rajeev reached the specific spot to drop off the money, he got another call and was asked to come near the Chhatarpur Metro station. He later received another call from a different mobile number and was told to come to the 100 feet road in Chhatarpur.

“Rajeev handed over the extortion money to a person after which Nitin was released. We nabbed Monga, who collected the money, and his interrogation led to the arrest of the other four. We also recovered Rs 1 lakh that Rajeev had paid,” Baaniya said.

First Published: Aug 25, 2018 04:13 IST