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Vasai corporator, sons held for kidnapping

Corporator Sitaram Gupta  

Sitaram Gupta, a corporator from the ruling Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) in the Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC), has been arrested with his two sons by the Tulinj police for kidnapping and assaulting a man on Friday night. A court in Vasai remanded them in judicial custody.

According to police sources, the arrests were made based on a complaint by Nalla Sopara resident Jagdish Dubey. Mr. Dubey owed Mr. Gupta around Rs. 20 lakh for a land deal, and payment had been delayed. Instead of approaching the police, Mr. Gupta allegedly took the law in his own hands and asked his sons, Anil and Arvind, to kidnap Mr. Dubey.

The duo picked him up from Khadavli railway crossing in Bhiwandi on Thursday afternoon, assaulted him and brought him to their father’s office at Santosh Bhavan in Nalla Sopara in their Innova (MH 48 E 350).

According to Mr. Dubey’s complaint, Mr. Gupta allegedly threatened to murder his entire family if he failed to get the property documents of his house and a shop, and transfer the property to his name in lieu of the Rs. 20-lakh loan. At this point, Mr. Gupta received a call, following which he immediately released Mr. Dubey. The latter rushed to Tulinj police station to register an FIR against Mr. Gupta and his sons.

Shiv Sena corporator Dhananjay Gawde has demanded the State Election Commission take action against Mr. Gupta. “An RTI query filed with Palghar police has revealed that Mr. Gupta has eight FIRs registered against him. I will be writing to the Election Commission to disqualify him as a corporator due to his criminal record,” Mr. Gawde said.

In 2013, Mr. Gupta had been arrested for assaulting Samarjeet Vishwakarma, a fabricator by profession. In his complaint, the victim alleged that Mr. Gupta had rammed his car into his two-wheeler from behind, and then proceeded to assault him along with several of his companions. He said he had opposed illegal constructions by Mr. Gupta in Santosh Bhuvan. Mr. Vishwakarma had suffered fractures to his right hand and left left leg due to the assault.

The writer is a freelance journalist



Mr. Gupta allegedly asked his sons, Anil and Arvind, to kidnap Mr. Dubey'. He was taken to their residence



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