VELLORE: Police personnel attached to Veppankuppam Station arrested the abductors of a 15 year-old school boy and restored the school boy to his family on Saturday night.
The swift action of the police personnel landed three men - A Vijay Kumar (27), his brother Vinod Kumar (26) and their friend Jagannathan (24) - of Thattankuttai village at the Vellore Central Prison for Men for kidnapping Dilip Kumar of the same village.
The trio abducted the boy, a Class X student of the Government Higher Secondary School, Odugathaur, at about 4.30 pm on Friday allegedly to extort money from his brother, Prabhu, a construction worker in Bengaluru.
After kidnapping Dilip, the trio contacted Prabhu over the phone and demanded `22,000. “They threatened Prabhu that he will not see his brother anymore, if he failed to give the money they were asking for,” said Investigation Officer and Inspector S Govindasamy.
In the meantime, Dilip’s uncle alerted the police about the boy being kidnapped by Vijay and two others.
“We devised a plan to nab the trio and advised Prabhu to buy some time to arrange for the money they demanded. The trio was informed by Prabhu that his grandmother Usha will bring the money to Mohammedpuram junction near Anaicut,” said the Investigation Officer.
The kidnappers walked into the trap and were arrested at about 7.30 pm. The police have also recovered a motorbike and rescued the boy. The interrogation revealed that the trio had previously indulged in threatening and extortion activities in Gudiyattam area, but the victims never complained about them to the police.
The police filed a case against the trio under section 364 (a) of IPC and remanded the trio under judicial custody after producing them before the JM Court in Vellore.