Bhubaneswar: Commissionerate Police busted an abduction racket and arrested five youths in this connection, including two engineering students.
The arrested have been identified as mastermind Gopal Krushna Mohapatra alias Gopi, a B Tech graduate, Subhraj Behera alias Teetee, Abhijit Mishra alias Chintu, Soumya Ranjan Mohapatra and Siddharth Mohapatra.
The cops have recovered Rs 1, 07, 000, a sword, the rented car, a motorcycle, five mobile phones and a laptop from their possession.
Gopal Kurshna Mohapatra after completing B Tech joined a firm in Hyderabad. Later, he shifted his base to Bhubaneswar and launched a food home delivery business. As he suffered losses, he moved to his hometown Puri. There he also tried his hands in cricket betting to make quick money; but suffered a loss of about Rs 4 lakh. Under duress to repay debt, he hatched the abduction plan and roped in four of his friends, a press release issued by Commissionerate Police read.
Commissioner YB Khurania today held a press conference here and detailed the conspiracy the gang had hatched to kidnap a youth.
“These five accused hailing from Puri hatched a conspiracy to abduct two youths for ransom, however, could not succeeded, following which they kidnapped Gourav Rath on February 26 while he was returning from his tuition classes at Damana Square,” Khurania told media today.
The kidnappers honey trapped the victim by befriending with him creating a fake account on Facebook using the name of a girl.
After developing a good friendship on Facebook they followed by telephonic calls. After fetching his number and other details, the kidnappers traced him and executed the abduction plan when he was returning from tuitions.
They took a car on rent and abducted the victim. He was taken to Puri. However, his mobile phone got accidentally switched on in Puri following which they brought him back to Bomikhal area in Bhubaneswar.
Later, they called up the victim’s father Prasant Kumar Rath and demanded a ransom of Rs 11 lakh to secure the release of his son.
Following the directives of the kidnappers, Prasant paid Rs 2 lakh and on February 28 night, the kidnappers left him near Raghunathpur on the outskirts of the capital city.
Five accused were today forwarded to court.