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BJP leader, 6 others arrested for trying to kidnap NRI businessman at gun point

BJP Minority Morcha national vice-president Aslam Kurukkal and the others were arrested on Monday night from different places in Kozhikode and Kannur.

india Updated: Jul 25, 2017 22:31 IST
Press Trust of India, Malappuram (Kerala)
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Three vehicles and two pistols used by the attackers have been seized.(File)

A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and six otherswere arrested and remanded to judicial custody for allegedlyattempting to kidnap an NRI businessman at gun point from hisresidence in Malappuram district, police said on Tuesday.

BJP Minority Morcha national vice-president Aslam Kurukkal, who is also a trustee of the India Islamic Centre Trustee, and the others were arrested on Monday night from different places in Kozhikode and Kannur districts.

They were arrested under various sections of IPC and section 20 of Arms Act and remanded by the Malappuram First Class Judicial Magistrate,police said.

The accused been charged with unlawful intrusion into the house of NRI businessman and chairman of Shifa Al Jazeera Medical Group, KT Rabeebullah at Chattiparamba in the district, with the intention of kidnapping him.

Three vehicles and two pistols used by the attackers havebeen seized, they said.

The accused had barged into the compound of Rabeeullah around 6am on Monday and allegedly brandished guns at the security personnel. They also damaged a car parked outside the house.

While some of them went inside the house after scaling down the compound wall, others waited outside.

Locals, who grew suspicious of the people waiting outsidethe house, questioned them and later called the police but the intruders managed to flee the spot, police said.

The statement of Rabeeullah’s wife has been recorded. The motive behind the kidnap attempt and other details would be known after a probe, they added.

First Published: Jul 25, 2017 22:31 IST