A 45-year-old woman was arrested on Thursday for allegedly cooking up a story that her grandson was kidnapped outside a mall on Mahadevapura Outer Ring Road, where she and her daughter had gone shopping the previous day.
Police said she had taken the help of two accomplices, who have also been arrested.
According to police, Gayatri had gone with her daughter Supriya and her one-year-old grandson Hanish to a relative’s wedding near Mahadevpura on Wednesday afternoon.
Later that day, she asked Supriya to take her to the mall in the area. When they reached the mall’s entrance Gayatri, who was carrying Hanish, shouted that someone had taken him away. Supriya who was walking in front of her, reportedly did not see the incident.
They approached the police to file a complaint of kidnapping that evening. However, during questioning, Gayatri reportedly broke down and confessed to have staged the kidnapping as she was unhappy with Supriya’s husband Shankar, a government high school teacher.
She had asked her to marry another man as Shankar was allegedly harassing Supriya for dowry. She enlisted the help of Anant Kumar, (30), and Ratnamma, (35), residents of Byrappa Layout in Whitefield to stage the kidnapping. Kumar snatched Hanish from Gayatri, a police official said.