New Delhi: Seven persons have been arrested for abducting a doctor and his compounder from south east Delhi’s Jaitpur area last week and demanding a ransom of Rs. 25 crore, police said on Tuesday.
40-year-old Vinod Kumar and his compounder Ajay (21) were rescued by a team of Delhi Police including officials of the Special Cell from Etah in UP on August 18 after the police traced Dr Kumar’s cell phone, used by the abductors to make the ransom call, they said.
Several police teams swooped down in the area forcing the abductors to flee, abandoning the doctor and his compounder, to evade arrest, DCP (southeast) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said. The duo were rescued from a forest area in Etah and raids were conducted to nab the culprits. Two of the accused Ram Besh and Chattar Pal were held from Farukhabad Road in Kayamganj in Uttar Pradesh, he said.
Dr Kumar and Ajay were abducted while returning home to Faridabad from the clinic in Saurabh Vihar on Jaitpur on the night of September 12. A case of kidnapping was registered at Jaitpur police station on a complaint by the doctor’s father, he added. The complainant received a ransom call of Rs. 25 crore and when he expressed his inability to pay the amount, the abductors brought it down to Rs. 39 lakh, DCP Randhawa said.
During interrogation, the two accused disclosed the names of their accomplices as Mukesh, Manish, Rahul, Gaurav and Vipin who were later arrested by police teams from different areas in Delhi and Gurgaon, he said. Further interrogation led to the revelation that Manish resided near Dr Kumar’s clinic and was aware about his flourishing business. Around two months back, three men of his native village came to live with him and they planned the abduction. They were joined by brothers Rahul and Gaurav, residents of Gurgaon.
Police recovered belongings of the doctor including Rs. 32,000 cash, watch and a gold chain, besides the motorbikes and the car used in abduction, the DCP said.