BENGALURU: Three days after an Income Tax official’s 19-year-old son was kidnapped, police have not been able to achieve any breakthrough in the case. Four police teams have been formed to investigate the case.Sharath N, a second-year student of Diploma in Automobile Engineering at Acharya College on Hesarghatta Road, was allegedly kidnapped on Tuesday night from Jnana Bharati.
He had left home around 6.30 pm after telling his parents Niranjan Kumar and Vanaja that he wanted to show his new motorcycle to his friends. Two hours later, his parents received a WhatsApp video sent from Sharath’s number, in which he said the kidnappers are demanding a ransom of `50 lakh for his release.
In the video, which appears to be shot inside a stationary car, Sharath says that the kidnappers are people who have suffered at the hands of his father. He adds that he is being tortured by the kidnappers, and pleads with his father to rescue him. Cops investigating the case are stumped that there has been no ransom call so far.
One of the officials investigating the case said Sharath’s new motorcycle has not been traced. None of Sharath’s friends had met him on Tuesday night. In the video, Sharath, addressing his parents, said a call would be made the next day, ie, Wednesday. The motorcycle, a new Royal Enfield Bullet Classic, had temporary registration. The police official said they were also checking CCTV cameras to trace Sharath’s movements.