Special Correspondent

He was lured to a lonely spot and threatened

SALEM: The City Police has cracked yet another case of kidnapping of a civil engineer for ransom in which the notorious history-sheeter Kumar alias ‘Valathi’ Kumar, who is serving judicial custody along with his accomplices in connection with two other kidnapping cases earlier, is found to have been involved.

A civil engineer N. Saravanan of Dadagapatti here lodged a complaint with the police on March 4 saying that he was abducted by ‘Valathi’ Kumar and his friends on January 5, 2009 and demanded a ransom of Rs. 1.10 lakh at knife-point from his wife before releasing him. For fear of life, the engineer did not report the matter to the police immediately after the occurrence, police sources claimed.

On instructions from Police Commissioner Sunil Kumar Singh, the special team, which investigated the earlier two cases of abduction, found the involvement of Kumar and his associates in this case too.

The investigation had revealed that the civil engineer was lured to a lonely spot where he was threatened with deadly weapons by the gang and was forced to withdraw Rs. 50,000 using ATM cards.

Later, the engineer’s wife was summoned to the spot and after receiving another Rs. 60000 from her, he was freed.

The police has so far recovered a sum of Rs. 2.19 lakh in cash out of total ransom amount of Rs. 5.60 lakh and a luxury car from the gang.

Apart from that, they also seized 34.5 sovereigns of gold jewellery, which the gangsters received from their four kidnappings of a few leading businessmen and traders.

Cases against Kumar and his 11 associates have been registered under Sections 147, 148, 364, 365, 387 and 324 of Indian Penal Code.

The Commissioner also said that the members of the special team, which solved the case would be suitably rewarded.