Four arrested for kidnapping former Delhi councillor’s son

New Delhi: Four persons, including a property dealer, have been arrested for kidnapping the son of former Municipal Councillor for ransom, police said on Sunday.

The 21-year-old victim, son of Congress leader and former Dwarka Councillor Shambunath Sharma, was safely freed.

Anand, 27, owner of water treatment plant, Vichitrvir, 30, and Vinod Kumar, 32 both working as toll collectors, and Vikrant, 30, a property dealer were arrested on Friday evening from Chhawla area, following a tip off, when they came to meet some of their other associates, said police.

Three cars used in the commission of crime, including the victim’s BMW, were recovered from the accused, police said, adding a hunt is on for the others involved.

Police said the kidnapping took place on September 27, when the accused posing as traffic policemen and police constables stopped harma’s son, a final year student of Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha College in Rohini, at gun point while he was on his way to college in his BMW car.

The victim was taken to a farmhouse in Haryana’s Sirsa and then Rajasthan.

“A case was registered in Subhash Nagar Police Station, following a complaint by Aman Kumar, an eyewitness. A ransom call demanding Rs 50 crore was made by the kidnappers to Sharma from the victim’s mobile phone. Later the kidnappers sensed police pressure, settled the deal for Rs 1 crore and released the victim in a private taxi hired from Gurgaon,” Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime, Ravindra Yadav told IANS.

“A search is on for eight other gang members including its kingpin. They had also kept a vigil on the youth six months ago and made a plan to kidnap him to earn easy money,” he added.