A final year Electronics and Communication Engineering student of a private university who was allegedly kidnapped by a gang, which included a former student, was released here early on Tuesday.

A.K. Antony (23) of Jabalpur, son of an IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, was abducted by Sanjiv Kumar Singh alias Kolti (26) and his associates at Neelankarai around 11.45 p.m. on Monday. Sanjiv, a former student of the same university, and nine of his associates came in two cars and forced Vikas into one of the vehicles. On receiving information, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Thoraipakkam) K.N. Murali formed three special teams to locate the vehicles.

Six injured in accident

One of the cars met with an accident near Vandalur. Six suspects suffered injuries and were referred to a private hospital. Another car with Vikas went to Puducherry. “Knowing that some members of the gang were in police custody and that special teams had launched a manhunt, Sanjiv and others dropped the victim near Vandalur Zoo around 6.30 a.m. and escaped. Director-General of Police Letika Saran and Commissioner of Police T. Rajendran monitored the search operation,” Mr. Murali said.

Sanjiv, a native of Jharkhand, who had turned a broker for securing admissions brought students from the northern States. The accused dominated over his juniors and often asked them to do his work. Since Vikas refused to oblige, he planned to teach him a lesson. The injured persons who were discharged after first aid have been arrested. Special teams are looking for four others, including the prime suspect,” Mr. Murali said.

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