Bollywood dream behind kidnap
A DESIRE to live lavishly in Mumbai while struggling for a break in the Bollywood forced Chhatrapal Singh alias Dev and his girlfriend Preeti to plan the sensational kidnapping of Adobe India CEO Naresh Gupta?s son Anant, who returned to his Noida home on Friday morning.india Updated: Nov 18, 2006 01:30 IST
A DESIRE to live lavishly in Mumbai while struggling for a break in the Bollywood forced Chhatrapal Singh alias Dev and his girlfriend Preeti to plan the sensational kidnapping of Adobe India CEO Naresh Gupta’s son Anant, who returned to his Noida home on Friday morning.
Sources said a ransom of Rs 60 lakh was paid, a fact that was denied by the Guptas. The money was paid through an adobe employee in Ashok Nagar, Delhi.
Working on a meticulous plan, Dev had hired some teenagers to pick up Anant while Preeti took care of Anant after his kidnapping.
Dev’s father had a Mother Diary booth located right opposite Gupta’s house at Sector-15 A. Dev had hatched the plan to abduct Anant after keeping a watch on the activities in the Gupta household from the booth only.
Dev had returned from Mumbai a few months back only. His girlfriend Preeti, whom Dev dated in Delhi, wanted Dev to shift to Mumbai. For that they needed money.
Following pressure from Preeti, Dev contacted Vijay Chauhan, Pawan and Jitendra alias Babloo and asked them to help him in the kidnapping. He promised them a good share of the ransom amount.
Dev developed familiarity with Gupta’s maid Seema, who took Anant up to the school bus everyday. After keeping a close watch on the activity around the colony, Dev told Vijay and Pawan to kidnap the boy.
On ‘D-Day’, Vijay and Pawan, who were wearing helmet, pounced upon Anant and fled the scene dodging a security guard Parmeshwar. Dev was present at his father’s shop when the incident took place. He was in fact instrumental in confusing the security guard so that he did not get a chance to alert other guards at the main gate.
Additional SP STF Rajesh Pandey revealed Anant was kept at Pawan’s house at Ashok Nagar locality in Delhi. Dev and Pawan were constantly in touch with Naresh Gupta on mobilephone, which once again came in handy for the STF in cracking the case.
On Wednesday itself the STF sleuths had identified Dev and Pawan and a team had even reached the Ashok Nagar locality. Before the cops could have tracked down the exact place, Preeti left the house carrying Anant. She shifted to another house in New Ashok Nagar locality.
Since STF sleuths were not confirmed about the location of the boy, they did not go for Dev and Pawan. They, however, were unaware about involvement of Preeti in the crime till Jeetendra alias Babloo was caught.
Now, the STF sleuths are hunting for Dev and Preeti and possibilities are that the lovebirds have flown to Mumbai or Pune soon after sending Anant back home. firstname.lastname@example.org
First Published: Nov 18, 2006 01:30 IST