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2 abducted freed for Rs 50 lakh ransom?

DRAMATIC RELEASE of the remaining two kidnapped railway employees from the clutches of the Gadariya gang today after 48-day captivity came as a surprise to many including the police here. Reliable sources said former minister KP Singh was instrumental in getting his cousin (Gyanendra Singh Parmar) and his associate released today from Ghatigaon area.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2006 14:09 IST

DRAMATIC RELEASE of the remaining two kidnapped railway employees from the clutches of the Gadariya gang today after 48-day captivity came as a surprise to many including the police here. Reliable sources said former minister KP Singh was instrumental in getting his cousin (Gyanendra Singh Parmar) and his associate released today from Ghatigaon area.

It further stated that after the release the duo was taken to Lalitpur and from there to Bhopal by road. According to the sources, the swift release operation in exchange of Rs 50 lakh was carried out in strict supervision of Raju Bundela (nephew of KP Singh).

The gang had demanded ransom of Rs 1.50 crore but the final deal was negotiated for Rs 50 lakh, sources claimed. Three railway employees of the Central-Western Railways were kidnapped from Padarkheda station of Shivpuri district by the Gadariya gang on November 15 last.

The range police were clueless about their whereabouts despite intense search operation all the while. However, police had claimed to have rescued one abducted person Kripal Singh (trolley man) on December 8 last following a brief encounter with dacoits from the Aron forest under Ghatigaon block.

But other two Gyanendra Singh Parmar (junior engineer) and Bundilal (trolley man) remained in the captivity. The gang along with the abducted continued to play hide and seek with the police till today. It is believed that hefty ransom was paid for their release. But who negotiated the deal with the gang still remains a mystery.

The sources claimed that a former Congress corporator from Gwalior was involved in the negotiation. Surprisingly police didn't have any inkling of the deal. Sources also claimed that disappointed with the failure of the search operation, an angry KP Singh had told police to stay out of the operation and let him handle it independently. IGP Sanjay Rana could not be contacted on the phone.