Mathura: 19-year-old youth rescued from kidnappers

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Mathura, Apr 11(PTI) A 19-year-old youth abducted for a ransom of Rs 1 crore was rescued from three kidnappers after an exchange of fire, officials said on Sunday.

Two of the kidnappers were arrested after the confrontation in the Tivaripuram area under the Jamuna Paar police station on Saturday night, SSP Gaurav Griver told reporters.

Gantavya Agrawal, an undergraduate student and a resident of Mahavidya Colony in Govind Nagar, was kidnapped on April 9.

The two arrested have been identified as Shiv Kumar and Shobhit Chauhan, both residents of Aligarh.

Kumar has been admitted to a hospital after he received a bullet injury during the exchange of fire. Police have intensified the hunt for Nishant, the third kidnapper, the officials said.

Four mobile phones, including the one used in making the ransom call, have been recovered from them.

Police also recovered a country-made pistol with three live and one used cartridges from them.

According to police, the accused had called the youth's uncle Saurabh Agrawal, demanding a ransom of Rs 1 crore, after which teams were formed to solve the case.

“I was called by my friend Shobhit Chauhan to join him near Brijwasi Royal Hotel when I had gone to attend my coaching classes at the Mandi crossing at 4 pm on April 9,” Gantavya said.

He said he was offered a cold drink by the accused, who were waiting for him in a car.

“After consuming the cold drink, I fell unconscious and the next day, I found myself in a room locked from outside,” he said. PTI CORR RDK RDK