Gurgaon: Two kidnapped in Audi rescued from Jhajjar, accused demanded Rs 5 crore ransom
Police said the businessman, Sunit Puniya, a resident of Sector 28 in Gurgaon, and his two friends — Ishan Shamra and Michael— were going to a liquor shop near Sector-3, Manesar, petrol pump around 2.30am when seven men in an SUV held them at gunpoint and demanded the keys of their Audi A6.gurgaon Updated: Oct 15, 2017 21:30 IST
The Gurgaon police on Sunday claimed to have rescued a businessman and his two friends and also recovered their Audi car from seven unidentified persons who allegedly kidnapped the businessman and snatched his car on Saturday.
Police said the businessman, Sunit Puniya, a resident of Sector 28 in Gurgaon, and his two friends — Ishan Shamra and Michael— were going to a liquor shop near Sector-3, Manesar, petrol pump around 2.30am when seven men in an SUV held them at gunpoint and demanded the keys of their Audi A6.
Puniya and his friends were bundled into the Ford Endeavour SUV while one of the seven men drove the businessman’s car, police said.
The gang also took away the phones and wallets of Puniya and his friends as soon as it took control of the car, police said.
The men asked Puniya about his status and background and then they demanded a ransom of Rs 5 crore to release Puniya, Ishan Shamra and Michael. They had more than five to six guns, the victims told police.
Sharma and Michael, both residents of Gurgaon, are pursuing law and are friends with Puniya who owns a firm in Manesar that deals in Maruti’s vehicle parts at Manesar.
Puniya told his abductors that his office is located in Sector 6, Manesar, and that he can give them the money from his office locker. They agreed and when to his office, where Puniya informed them that the locker has a password and he can’t open it. While they were returning from his office empty-handed, Puniya alerted the security guards to nab the accused, however, they managed to flee, leaving Punya behind.
Meanwhile, the businessman called the police control room and informed them about the incident and also provided the Audi’s registration number to trace the car.
When they fled Sector 6, the abductors blindfolded Sharma and Michael who were still with them. They used Sharma’s phone to call his parents and ask for a ransom of the Rs 5 crore for his release. His parents promptly informed the police about the call.
Acting swiftly, the police traced the phone call and found the victims and the car in Nayagaon area near Jhajjar bypass by early Saturday, around 7am. The abductors had tied the hands and legs of both men. As the Audi ran out of fuel they dumped the car and the victims. The accused are absconding and a search is on to arrest them, police said.
A case has been registered at the IMT Manesar police station under sections 363 (kidnapping) and 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code.
“Investigation is still on and we are trying to nab the culprits soon,” inspector, Narender Kumar, station house officer, IMT Manesar police station, said.
Vehicle snatching cases are on the rise in and around Gurgaon. Every day, more than half a dozen vehicle theft cases are registered with the police.
On May 23, an employee working with a private insurance firm, who was allegedly abducted from Subhash Chowk around 9.30pm, was rescued from near a police barricade in Pali, Rajasthan. Two accused, who were armed, allegedly abducted him.
The victim Samarth had left his office in his silver Honda City and he was allegedly abducted from near Subhash Chowk around 9.30pm. His phone was switched off after 10.30pm and transactions of Rs 10,000 were made thrice from different ATMs in Sector 14 after that.
First Published: Oct 15, 2017 21:30 IST