Tamil Nadu

Seven held for kidnapping student

The group, which includes five students, demanded ₹3 lakh in ransom

Seven persons including five students were detained for questioning for allegedly kidnapping a college student and demanding ransom on Friday night.

According to the police, the students belong to a private polytechnic college in the Katpadi region. The victim was identified as Gokul, 19, son of Kennedy, who works abroad as an engineer. According to a complaint lodged with the police, Gokul did not return home on Friday. It came to light that he was kidnapped by a group when one of the students called Gokul’s mother from the latter’s mobile.

The group had Gokul in custody and demanded ransom worth ₹3 lakh. The family immediately alerted the local police, and three special teams began a search. Gokul’s family in the meantime negotiated with the callers, with police simultaneously attempting to track the caller’s location.

Phone call traced

Finally, a phone call was traced to Vallimalai near Katpadi. Police then instructed the victim’s mother to stack a bag with paper and go to the spot in the early hours of Saturday.

After his mother reached the isolated spot, police were able to rescue Gokul and nab four persons from the spot. Based on their confession, police rounded up three more persons. Latheri police is inquiring with the detained gang members and further investigations are on, said a police officer from Vellore.

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