Four held for abducting Guj businessman; extorting Rs 35 lakh

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Ahmedabad, Feb 2 (PTI) The Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) has detained four persons from Rajasthan for allegedly kidnapping a businessman from Kutch district and extorting a ransom of Rs 35 lakh, an official said on Tuesday.

While two of the accused Suresh Soni (34) and Rakesh Soni (25) were nabbed from Jaipur, Trilok Chauhan (31) and Sandip Singh (26) were apprehended from their village in Alwar district of Rajasthan, the official said.

The key accused Manoj Vyas, a native of Sikar in Rajasthan, is still on the run, he said.

According to an ATS release, five men had abducted Gandhidham-based businessman Mukesh Agrawal at gunpoint after intercepting his car on January 19, following which they took him to Rajasthan.

The victim was held captive at different places in Sanchor, Jodhpur Road and Jaipur, it was stated.

The accused somehow managed to extort a ransom of Rs 35 lakh from Agrawal's kin and released him after two days, the release said.

In a complaint lodged with Gandhidham police, Agrawal after his release had alleged that the accused also taken away his mobile phone worth Rs 60,000, it stated.

Primary investigations revealed that Vyas had hatched the plan and roped in four other accused to kidnap Agrawal, the official said.

Vyas had worked for a company owned by Agrawal's brother 10 years ago, and he knew about the victim and was confident that a huge sum can be extorted as ransom from him, the release said.

The four arrested accused have been handed over to Gandhidham police for further action, he added. PTI PJT ARU ARU