LUCKNOW: A prominent businessman and one of his accomplices were abducted from Gwalior Road passing through Shahar Kotwali area of Jhansi city by Khaki-clad miscreants on Wednesday night.
The incident came to light when the businessman, identified as Raju Kamarya, did not reach home on Wednesday night.
The sources said Kamarya was returning home with his aide Rahul after playing badminton when he was intercepted by four men.
The men attacked Kamarya and his friend with iron rods and staves. After a brief scuffle, the attackers overpowered Kamarya. He was bundled into an SUV along with his friend and was whisked away.
A security guard witnessed the incident from a distance but did not pay much heed thinking that it was a minor brawl. His family members noticed his absence only on Thursday morning. He used to return home late and carry an extra pair of keys. Additional Director General (ADG)of Police (Law and Order) Anand Kumar pointed to the property dispute Kamarya allegedly had with one of his partners. “It could be the handiwork of his business rivals,” he said.
Kamarya owns a jewelry showroom in Gandhi Ka Tapra locality and a hotel-- Bundelkhand Pride. According to local sources, Kamarya has multiple businesses in Jhansi. He was involved in real-estate dealings and was involved in a dispute over a property with one of his partners. The ADG said a Special Task Force was deputed to crack the case. The range of investigation was expanded to neighboring Madhya Pradesh as the incident happened on Gwalior Road and there was a strong possibility that the victim could have been taken to MP.
The police, meanwhile, recovered his scooter and slippers from the spot but failed in finding him till Thursday evening. Moreover, there was no ransom call from the abductors at the time of going to press.
A case of abduction was lodged against unknown persons under Section 364 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) in Kotwali and a search for the victim was on. Cops were sifting through footages of CCTV camera mounted on houses around the spot to get a clue about the abductors. As the word about abduction spread, traders thronged the spot in huge number demanding that police locate the abducted trader.