Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Osmania University engineering student Mamata Naik, 20, who was allegedly kidnapped by her former computer teacher, N. Kamalakar, of Warangal, on Tuesday from the city, escaped late on the same night, the police said on Wednesday.

Based on clues provided by her, the city police picked up the alleged kidnapper from his house in Warangal hours later. Mamata met Kamalakar while attending computer classes at Warangal where he used to teach. The instructor used to speak to the girl now and then even after she joined B.Tech. programme in O.U.

Plot hatched

“Kamalakar hatched a plot to extort money from her father, a development officer of LIC, and lured the student to Jangaon saying he wanted to speak to her,” East Zone DCP B. Balakrishna told The Hindu. Mamata started from her hostel on the O.U. campus and met him at Jangaon. After chatting with her for some time, the teacher threatened the student, made her sit on his bike and drove towards Warangal. After traversing some distance, he rang up her father claiming that he had abducted his daughter and demanded Rs. 20 lakh to set her free. As the abductor made Mamata cry for help, her worried father approached the police following which a kidnap case was registered and the Warangal district police were also alerted, the DCP explained.

Gives slip to police

The Commissioner’s Task Force and Warangal police teams started intercepting vehicles along the Hyderabad-Warangal highway. The kidnapper got scared on seeing the police parties looking for the student at Raghunathapuram but managed to give a slip to them. He was taking her to an undisclosed location on reaching Warangal city but Mamata escaped by jumping off the bike when he slowed near Kakatiya Medical College.

On learning about Kamalakar, the police raided his house and brought him to the city for interrogation. A case of kidnap, cheating and attempt to extort money was registered against him.