BENGALURU: The whereabouts of an Income Tax officer’s son who was allegedly kidnapped on September 12 are still unknown, and no ransom call has been received by his parents yet.
After reports of Sharath’s presence in Ladakh surfaced in sections of the media, a senior police official quashed them. In a statement, DCP (North) Chetan Singh Rathore said, “It is being reported in a few media outlets, quoting an anonymous CCB official, that in the Jnanabharathi Police Station kidnap case, the boy went to Ladakh. I want to clarify that there is no such finding.” A senior police official said the rumour might have been triggered from the fact that Sharath had expressed a wish to go to Ladakh among his friends a few days before the alleged kidnapping.
Around 6.30 pm on September 12, Sharath (19) had left his home on Ullal Main Road on his motorcycle. He had told his parents that he wanted to show the bike to his friends. About two hours later, a video message was sent from Sharath’s phone to his parents. The boy said he was kidnapped by someone who had suffered at the hands of his father, and `50 lakh had to be paid for his release.