BENGALURU: The city police are now probing other angles in the kidnap of the son of a senior Kirloskar executive. Nischal, son of the Managing Director of Kirloskar Electrical Pvt Ltd Vinayak Bapat, was kidnapped on Tuesday night and was released unhurt near Jalahalli on Wednesday morning.
Police said that they are hopeful of arresting the abductors soon.
Additional Commissioner of Police (East) Harishekaran P, said, “Apart from money, there could be other motives behind the kidnap. Personal rivalry could also have led to the kidnap. We are yet to ascertain the exact cause.”
A police official said, “As of now, there is no evidence to prove a business rivalry angle. Personal rivalry with Nischal could have been one of the reasons. Also, since Nischal has not been able to recognise their faces, it will take some time to trace them.”
“We are questioning a few suspects and have detained them. Besides questioning seasoned criminals and gangs, we are also probing the personal angle in the kidnap case,” said a senior police officer.
“We are also tracing the other mobile phones that were active in the location where Nischal’s phone was tracked once on Tuesday night,” he added.
According to police, Nischal, an engineering student and resident of Malleswaram, was kidnapped on Tuesday evening from Udupi Upahar restaurant around 6.45 pm. The family received a call around 7 pm and the kidnappers allegedly demanded a ransom. Nischal’s father Vinayak Bapat informed City Police Commissioner N S Megharikh.
Soon, 10 teams of three policemen each were deployed to trace the kidnappers. However, by around 9.30 on Wednesday, the kidnappers abandoned Nischal near Jalahalli and fled. Nischal returned home in an autorikshaw.