BHUBANESWAR: A 21-year-old abducted from the capital on Monday for a ransom of Rs 30 lakh was rescued by the police station on Wednesday. Young Ishan Aggarwal was rescued from Rajsunakhala in Nayagarh district and four anti-socials believed to be behind the crime were arrested. They have been identified as Rama Krishna, Santosh Kumar Rout, Dhaneswar Patra and Md Mustaq Ali, all in their twenties.
Sources said one of the defendants may be known to the victim who is suing BBA in Bengaluru. The defendant invited Ishan for tea and drove him away in a car that had no registration number. They threatened the victim at knifepoint and sent his photo on WhatsApp to his father Ram Aggarwal, a businessman in the city. The accused continued to communicate with Ishan’s father using his cell phone. They then turned off the device and immediately changed location.
In one of the phone conversations, the victim’s father could be heard pleading with the accused to give him some time to organize the money amid the financial constraints due to the pandemic. The accused also warned Ram of the dire consequences if he did not give them the money or informed the police. Sources said the culprits continued to move with Ishan in Puri, Nayagarh and Ganjam districts and eventually agreed to accept a 5 lakh ransom. They called Ishan’s father at 58 different locations in Bhubaneswar and other locations before being arrested in Nayagarh district, possibly after investigators tracked the victim’s mobile phone.
“The whole operation continued for 36 hours and the victim was rescued unharmed. His father didn’t have to pay a penny to the kidnappers,” said Umashankar Dash, DCP of Bhubaneswar. The police check the defendant’s criminal history and whether any of his other associates were involved in the crime. The police seized a four-wheeled vehicle, two knives and five mobile phones from the accused.