Staff Correspondent

The accused allegedly sought a ransom of Rs. 10 lakh; two persons arrested

BELLARY: The Bellary police and some members of the public not only thwarted an attempt to kidnap a girl but also caught two of the four accused within a few hours of the incident.

Superintendent of Police Pankaj Kumar Thakur told presspersons here on Friday that S. Kashim Basha, a resident of Sandur and lorry owner, had come to Bellary to meet his parents and had lunch at his brother's house in Cowl Bazaar.

Later in the evening, he left for Sandur in his car along with his 20-year-old niece. At around 8.15 p.m., when the vehicle had left the city limits, the girl complained of stomach ache and Mr. Basha stopped the vehicle. Four youths brandishing knives caught hold of the girl and threatened to kill them both if Rs. 10 lakh was not paid as ransom. They also snatched the mobile phone from Mr. Basha.

Mr. Basha agreed to pay Rs. 8 lakh and told the gang that the amount would be paid in Bellary. Accordingly, Mr. Basha, along with Sidda alias Siddique, one of the gang members, left for Bellary. The girl was held hostage by the other three gang members.

Unable to get money

On reaching Bellary at about 11 p.m., Mr. Basha asked his friendKhaleel and uncle Rahamatullah for money. However, both expressed their helplessness. An angry Sidda decided to return to the spot where the girl was held hostage. Mr. Basha, who was driving, stopped the car near a mosque. There Khaleel, Rahamatullah and a few others caught Sidda and handed him over at the Cowl Bazaar police station where Mr. Basha narrated the incident.

Police personnel rushed to the spot where the girl was being held hostage. On spotting the police, one of the accused tried to attack them but he was caught. When the police opened three rounds of fire in the air, the two others escaped in the cover of darkness. The arrested were identified as Sidda (Siddique) and Rasool. The names of the others were given as Ramanjini and Raju. All the four are residents of Bellary.