Two kid­nap lawyer’s brother to re­cover paid fee, ar­rested

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A Dom­bivli- based real es­tate a g ent and a Kopar Khairane- based trans­porter were ar­rested on Thurs­day for kid­nap­ping a San­pada res­i­dent. The vic­tim was res­cued from Airoli.

Ac­cord­ing to Kopar Khairne po­lice, the duo had kid­napped Ankit Tri­pathi, 24, in a bid to re­cover the fee paid to Ankit’s lawyer brother for a bail that was not granted.

“We re­ceived a call at our con­trol room from Ramesh Tri­pathi, the lawyer, that his brother Ankit had been kid­napped from Teen Tanki area by two men who had threat­ened to kill him. They had forcibly taken him away in their car,” said deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice zone I Shahji Umap.

Ankit was ac­com­pa­nied by a friend of his who had noted down the car num­ber and in­formed Ramesh. The po­lice then lo­cated the car near Var­ishta Ho­tel in Kopar Khairane and ar­rested

real es­tate agent Ajay Singh, 35, and trans­porter Kan­haiyalal Singh, 25.

“Upon in­ves­ti­ga­tion they re­vealed they had taken Ankit to the creek in Sec­tor 12, Airoli, near the nul­lah. They had tried to stran­gu­late him there, but he man­aged to es­cape into the man­groves,” said Umap. “Since it was dark, the duo couldn’t find Ankit and left af­ter some­time.”

A po­lice search party rushed to the man­groves and found Ankit there. He was then rushed to a hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

“Ajay Singh had been in­volved in an­other case at Vashi re­lat­ing to as­sault of a pub­lic ser­vant last month. He had hired Tri­pathi to han­dle his bail and paid him Rs2 lakh. The bail was not granted in time and so he hired an­other lawyer,” said Umap.

Af­ter be­ing re­leased on bail, Ajay de­manded his fee back but when Ramesh re­fused, he de­cided to tar­get Ankit.

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