Gujarat. Salary Rise Demand Turns into Kidnapping Plot in Gandhinagar | Ahmedabad News

AHMEDABAD: Reeling from the financial crisis and unable to pay the salaries of his staff, a restaurateur in Kalol reportedly had his 56-year-old neighbor kidnapped, hoping to pay his dues with the ransom money. However, the plan failed as the defendant got cold feet when the victim’s husband approached the cops.
Gandhinagar Police Local Crime Section (LCB) on Saturday arrested restaurant owner Mitul Patel, 35, from Kalol, while seven others are on the run.
Police say Patel planned and executed the kidnapping on March 30 (Wednesday) with four of his employees, who were demanding a raise, and three others.
Alka Rastogi, 56, who works as a teacher at a school near Tapovan Circle, was alone at home in Saraswati society on Wednesday afternoon when a 25-year-old man, later identified as Saurabh Kumar, knocked on her carries.
When he told her he wanted to check the solar panels, she let him in. Seven others, all between the ages of 20 and 25, burst in after him and overpowered her. They tied her hands and legs and covered her mouth with duct tape before forcing her into a vehicle. They toured Kalol and tried to contact her husband Pradeep Rastogi, who runs a yarn factory in Chhatral. However, he was unreachable, said a policeman.
When Pradeep arrived home and found Alka nowhere, he contacted Kalol town police and filed a missing person complaint. When Patel learned that the police had arrived at Rastogi’s house for investigation, he became nervous. At approximately 4:30 a.m. on March 31, the accused dropped Alka off at a secluded location.
With the help of a trader, she contacted her husband. The couple then approached the police and filed an abduction complaint against unknown persons.
During the investigation, cops identified the owner of the vehicle used for the kidnapping as Patel, who runs the Tirupati restaurant on the Ambika-Kalol highway.
During interrogation, Patel confessed to his crime. He told the cops he executed the kidnapping with his servers – Nilesh, Devendra, Ballu and Saurabh.
“Thakur and others had met Patel on March 23 and demanded a pay rise. But Patel told them he was reeling from a severe financial crisis and was looking for a way out. The kidnapping was Nilesh’s idea. Alka is alone at home all day because her husband stays busy at the factory. So Alka became an easy target,” an official said.
They called in three more people to execute the plan on March 30. However, before they could reach Alka’s husband to demand a ransom, the police opened an investigation. So they let him go and escaped.