Man held for abducting friend, demanding ransom to pay debt

Published: 16th August 2016 07:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th August 2016 07:15 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: A week after the 27-year-old son of a businessman was abducted near Kanathur, police on Monday arrested 10 people, including a suspended police constable and the victim’s friend, in this connection.

Based on inputs given by the victim, Thilak Chitale (27), who was abducted and returned home on August 9, further probe was conducted and it was learnt that a 10-member gang was involved.

Police said the main accused was the victim’s friend David Aswathaman (27). “Both were into event management. In 2015, they organised an event and had since then a financial dispute,” said a police officer. As David had debts, he decided to abduct Thilak and demand money from his family. To execute this, he contacted one Ganapathy of Tiruvanmiyur and his friend, a suspended police constable, Ramesh Kumar.

The duo engaged one Sudhakar of Pulianthope, to abduct Thilak. They made the victim to come to Kanathur on August 8 on the pretext of showing a vacant land for sale and abducted him. He was illegally confined at Nanmangalam. As he did not return home, the family preferred a complaint with the Kanathur Police. On the same day, Thilak’s mother received ransom call. Based on the complaint, a team was formed to probe the case. When a probe was on, he returned home next day.

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