S. Vijay Kumar

CHENNAI: Four persons, including two girls of New Delhi, were abducted by a gang at knife-point on Friday night. After forcing them into a lodge at Tindivanam, the accused demanded a ransom of Rs. 20 lakh from the family members. Apprehending arrest, the accused freed the victims and managed to escape.

Police sources said Kalpana Sharma (22) and Anu (20) had come to their relatives’ place in Anna Nagar. On Friday night, they were taken to a restaurant at Vadapalani for dinner by their aunt Anitha (35). When the car was moving out of the restaurant, three persons barged into the vehicle and threatened the driver at knife-point to drive as per their directions. After taking the contact numbers of the family members, they demanded a ransom of Rs. 20 lakh to free the victims. They wanted the money to be delivered to a person near Hotel Saravana Bhavan in Anna Nagar.

A special team was formed to rescue the victims. The team laid a trap to apprehend the person who would come to receive the money.