A British couple who were abducted by nine persons were rescued by the Chennai police in coordination with the U.K. law-enforcement agencies on Saturday night.

The couple, Thavaraj of Sri Lankan origin and Salaja from the U.K., were abducted when they came to Chennai for a nine-day temple tour from Colombo.

“We had booked a hotel and someone was holding a placard with my name and hotel name,” said Thavaraj.

The abductors demanded a ransom of Rs. 2.48 crore in pounds, from their daughter, Darshini. The police rescued the couple from Mandharakuppam near Puducherry.