3 kid­nap chicken sellers, de­mand `4L

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com The ar­rested ac­cused in po­lice cus­tody.

Three peo­ple were ar­rested on Wed­nes­day for al­legedly kid­nap­ping two chicken sellers and try­ing to ex­tort Rs4 lakh from them.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, Rafik Shaikh, 26, and Yashik Pa­tel, 28, sell chicken in a mar­ket in Pan­vel.

They had taken Rs1 lakh from Salim Shaikh, 30, Uday Desh­pande, 29, and Shahrukh Multani, 33, who used to sup­ply them chicken. All of them are res­i­dents of Pan­vel.

“Shaikh and Pa­tel were un­able to re­turn money to the sus­pects be­cause of some per­sonal prob­lems. They kept ask­ing them to re­turn the money. When they didn’t, they planned to kid­nap the duo,” said Su­nil Ba­jare, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor from Pan­vel city po­lice sta­tion.

On Wed­nes­day around 3pm, the sus­pects kid­napped Rafik and Yashik in a four-wheeler from Takka and took them to Nadeem farm­house near Kar­jat.

“They asked them for Rs4 lakh and threat­ened them with dire con­se­quences if they did not act ac­cord­ingly. When the vic­tims said they were un­able to pay such a huge amount, the sus­pects beat them with iron rods,” Ba­jare said.

Mean­while, one of the vic­tims’ friends Sameer Qureshi had seen three kid­nap the duo.

He in­formed the Pan­vel po­lice about it. The po­lice im­me­di­ately formed a team to solve the case.

“Act­ing on a tip-off, our of­fi­cials raided the farm­house and ar­rested the sus­pects be­fore they could flee. Both the vic­tims were res­cued. It took us only two hours to solve the case,” Ba­jare added.

The po­lice have booked the ac­cused un­der sec­tions 364a and 34 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC). They were pro­duced be­fore the ju­di­cial court on Thurs­day.

“We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case to find out if the sus­pects used to same modus operandi to ex­tort money from oth­ers too,” an­other po­lice of­fi­cer said.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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