BENGALURU: The Bengaluru police are looking to trace the whereabouts of a 19-year-old man who left home saying he would show his new Bullet motorcycle to friends but did not return. Instead, his parents received a video in which he told them he had been kidnapped for a ransom of Rs 50 lakh.
According to an officer at the Jnanabharathi police station, the man Sharath is the son of an officer in the Income Tax Department, Niranjan Kumar. He is a second-year diploma student in automobile engineering at Acharya College on Hesarghatta Road.
He had recently bought a new Bullet motorcycle. On Tuesday evening, at around 6.30 pm, he left his residence on Ullala Main Road with the bike, telling his parents he wanted to show it off to his friends in Rajarajeshwari Nagar. He has not returned since.
Around 8.30 pm, a video recording was sent to Sharath's parents in which the young man told them he had been abducted and they had to pay Rs 50 lakh to free him. The video was recorded inside a car.
The Jnanabharathi police have registered a case and are carrying out the investigation. According to the police, none of Sharath's friends met him on Tuesday evening. Police also said that he looked calm in the video and there were no visible signs of injury on his face.