Gadaria abducts seven businessmen
THE BANDIT Rambabu Gadaria gang on Tuesday struck again and abducted eight bus passengers, seven of them high-profile businessmen, from a bus near Sesai Pura Ghati in Karhal area under Sheopur district. The dacoits also took away cash and ornaments worth over Rs 2.5 lakh from passengers.india Updated: Mar 29, 2006 14:28 IST
THE BANDIT Rambabu Gadaria gang on Tuesday struck again and abducted eight bus passengers, seven of them high-profile businessmen, from a bus near Sesai Pura Ghati in Karhal area under Sheopur district. The dacoits also took away cash and ornaments worth over Rs 2.5 lakh from passengers.
Those kidnapped were identified as Amit Shrivastava (Shivpuri), who is the nephew of CO Raisen, Hitendra Jain (Shivpuri), Manish Agrawal (Shivpuri), Sunil Garg (Shivpuri), Ranjit Choudhary (Shivpuri), Pramod Gupta (Indore), Shishupal Singh (Guna) and Anoop Sharma of Bharatpur in Rajasthan.
There were 28 passengers onboard the Jain Bus Service bus travelling from Shivpuri to Sheopur. The bus left at 7 am. The abduction took place around 9.30 am close to its destination.
Six armed dacoits took the abducted persons into thick Kuno jungles where territories of three districts, namely Morena, Shivpuri and Sheopur, meet.
The Gadaria gang (listed as Target 1 in police record) committed the kidnapping in a different manner by taking hostage a large group.
The enraged business community in Shivpuri closed the markets in protest and demanded urgent and concrete measures by the police and government.
The public outcry was apparent and even the minister Yashodhara Raje had to face public ire during her routine visit to her constituency.
The passengers said the gang members matched the photographs published in newspapers from time to time. They were all armed with SLR and other marked weapons. He dacoits even knew the names of some passengers and called them by their names after stopping the bus.
One of the dacoits fired at the diesel tank of the bus, which caught fire. All 28 passengers including seven women and two children were asked to disembark the bus by dacoits. An accountant of a business firm was relieved of Rs 1.25 lakh cash. Soon the dacoits melted into jungles with eight hostages, sources said.
IG Police Sanjay Rana rushed to the spot with additional police force and search operation has been launched. Following escape from police custody in March 2001, the Gadaria gang has executed several heinous crimes including Karsena killing of 4 villagers in 2001, Bhawarpura killing of 13 villagers on October 29, 2004, and kidnapping from time to time. It carries a collective reward of 12.5 lakh for arrest. The gang had earlier warned that it would abduct passengers of the vehicle that plies on the Indore-Sheopur route.