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Firozabad businessman’s kidnappers demand Rs 100 crore ransom

Sanjiv Gupta is a partner in the popular food chain Sagar Ratna, located on National Highway-2 near Raja Ka Taal village in Firozabad.

lucknow Updated: Jul 24, 2017 22:31 IST
HT Correspondent
The ransom message was sent from Sanjiv Gupta’s mobile phone to his wife Sarika Gupta and other family members through WhatsApp on Sunday night.
The ransom message was sent from Sanjiv Gupta’s mobile phone to his wife Sarika Gupta and other family members through WhatsApp on Sunday night. (Shutterstock)

The kidnappers of businessman Sanjiv Gupta, who was abducted in Tundla area of Firozabad district on Saturday, have demanded Rs 100 crore ransom from his family for his safe release.

IG (public grievances) GL Meena said the ransom message was sent from Gupta’s mobile phone to his wife Sarika Gupta and other family members through WhatsApp on Sunday night.

Sarika informed the police on Monday.

A partner in the popular food chain, Sagar Ratna, located on National Highway-2 near Raja Ka Taal village in Firozabad, Gupta left for home in his car on Saturday evening after attending a meeting.

A senior police officer said Gupta was also a partner in educational institutions, real estate business, glass business and was also running a monthly lottery business in Firozabad and neighbouring districts.

When he did not reach home, just 2 km from the food chain outlet, his family members tried to phone him but both his mobile phones were found switched off.

Sarika and her nephew Vikalp Gupta then lodged a missing complaint. On Monday, Gupta’s car was found parked near a workshop on Firozabad-Aligarh border.

On Sarika’s complaint, police lodged an FIR against Neeta Pandey, Pardeep Pandey and Amit Gupta who are partners of Sanjiv in the business.

“There was a dispute between the partners over transaction of money,” the IG said, adding that police was looking into other angles.

The Special Task Force (STF) has been roped in. Four police teams have been constituted. Raids have been conducted on hideouts of suspected kidnappers in western UP.

To dodge police, the kidnappers are regularly changing their location and using Gupta’s mobile to communicate with his family members. Through electronic surveillance, police traced the location of his mobile in Delhi and Chandigarh.

The police of both the states have been alerted. A police team from UP has been sent to both the locations to track the kidnappers, Meena added.