Five un­known men kid­napped and as­saulted me: steel trader

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HTNAVIMUMBAI - Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­

THANE: A 36-year-old steel trader was al­legedly kid­napped and beaten up by five un­known men on Tues­day.

Gokul Ti­wari was go­ing to Kalyan from Ghod­bun­der Road on his mo­tor­cy­cle in the morn­ing when a Qualis stopped in front of him.

Five men got out of the SUV, cov­ered Ti­wari’s face with a black cloth and pushed him into the car.

Ti­wari told the po­lice that he was driven some­where which he does not know. He also said that he was threat­ened with a weapon, but he could not see what it was as his face was cov­ered.

Around 8pm, he was dropped at Am­ber­nath near MIDC threat­en­ing him not to com­plain to the po­lice.

Ti­wari told the po­lice that he sus­pected that a man with whom he used to do busi­ness might be the cul­prit. The po­lice then ques­tioned the sus­pect who lives in Powai.

An of­fi­cer from Kasar­wa­davli po­lice sta­tion said: “The man told the po­lice that Ti­wari owed him Rs4 lakh and that he had not re­turned him the money. Ti­wari de­nied this.”

No one has been ar­rested. The po­lice said that when the trader was kid­napped, one of the ac­cused took away his mo­tor­cy­cle, keys and his mo­bile phone. When they let him off, they gave him back the things.

“We are still go­ing through the de­tails of the com­plaints to as­cer­tain whether they are true. We have writ­ten to the RTO to know about the SUV,” said the of­fi­cer.

The ac­cused have been charged un­der sec­tions 141, 146, 147, 149, 341, 363, 323, 504 and 506 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code and Arms Act.

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