The Chennai police have arrested a four-member gang for kidnapping a Sri Lankan Tamil who was in the city on a holiday. The Indian Rs 9 lakh paid to the gang by a person who wanted his rival P Shanmugavel abducted has been recovered.
The arrested were identified as Jana alias Janarthnan (30) of Kolathur, Srinivasan (30) and Suresh (29) of Perambur and Baskar (31).
The police said London-based Shanmughavel and Bala were in the business of helping Sri Lankan refugees get British citizenship for a commission of Rs 7 lakh each.
Recently, they fell out after Shunmughavel allegedly cheated Bala of nearly Rs one crore due to him, Bala then decided to abduct Shanmughavel.
On June 22, when Shanmugavel was in Chennai the four persons intercepted his car near Pallavakkam and abducted him. They locked him in a house at Periamet, called up his wife Radhika and demanded a ransom of Rs 25 lakh.
She handed over Rs 17.50 lakh to Suresh near a hotel in Chennai. Later, after breaking one of Shanmughavel's hands they dropped him near Anna Nagar. Shanmughavel then lodged a complaint with the suburban police and said it was Bala who cheated him of several lakhs of rupees under the pretext of producing a film. The duo had launched a production house. T V Pictures.'
Based on the complaint, a special team comprising inspector V Selvaraj caught the gang members during a vehicle check in Pallavaram. They said Bala was the brain behind the abduction and that he gave them Rs 20,000 each as advance and promised them Rs 1 lakh each.
The police are trying to secure Bala. "We can get a clear picture only after questioning him," said a police officer. (Times of India)
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