Teen ter­ror: 4 youth of kid­nap­ping gang held

3 ON THE RUN Ar­rested for threat­en­ing kid­nap vic­tim to with­draw po­lice com­plaint

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

KOPAR KHAIRANE: The Kopar Khairane po­lice claim to have busted a gang that spe­cialises in kid­nap­ping for ran­som, with the ar­rest of four men aged be­tween 19 and 25 last week. They have been re­manded in po­lice cus­tody for 13 days.

The po­lice are on the look­out for three more men sus­pected to be part of the group which is charged with kid­nap­ping and threat­en­ing a Kopar Khairane res­i­dent. The gang had al­legedly been threat­en­ing the com­plainant to with­draw his po­lice com­plaint. Ac­cord­ing to Mukund Ha­tote, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Kopar Khairane po­lice sta­tion, “San­tosh Rathod, 30, a busi­ness­man re­sid­ing at sec­tor 19 in Kopar Khairane, had been threat­ened by five to six ex­tor­tion­ists. He had paid them Rs2 lakh, but on Novem­ber 30, when he was get­ting his ve­hi­cle cleaned at Ta­manna garage in Kopar Khairane, the kid­nap­pers ar­rived in a car and forcibly took Rathod and his ve­hi­cle away.”

Added Ha­tote, “Rathod has told us that he was kept at a flat in Go­vandi. They de­manded Rs5 lakh to re­lease him. He was later dropped off at LP stop in Nerul by the kid­nap­pers, who took away his ve­hi­cle keys and doc­u­ments.”

Rathod had filed a com­plaint with the po­lice on the same night.

The kid­nap­pers then be­gan call­ing Rathod to de­mand that he with­draw the com­plaint. The po­lice man­aged to trace the call­ers through the calls made by them. The po­lice got a tip-off on Jan­uary 14 that the kid­nap­pers were in Mahape. A trap was laid, and three gang mem­bers were ar­rested.

One of the ar­rested youth in­clude Im­ran Khan alias Kalia, 25, of Ghan­soli, sus­pected to be the leader of the gang. The other two were iden­ti­fied as Raj Pra­jap­ati, 21, of Kopar Khairane, and Pratik Shivpunje, 21, of Ghan­soli. Fol­low­ing their in­ter­ro­ga­tion Vinod Pal, 19, a res­i­dent of Kopar Khairane, was ar­rested a day later. The po­lice are on the look­out for Mo­hammed Habib, Hr­ishikesh Ma­sulkar and one more per­son.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Mem­bers of the gang, in­clud­ing their sus­pected leader, Im­ran Kalia (in grey T-shirt) were ar­rested by Kopar Khairane po­lice last week.

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