NEW DELHI

Woman among four held for plotting nephew's kidnapping

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: A 37-year-old woman and her three alleged accomplices have been arrested by the Anti-Extortion Cell of the Delhi police Crime Branch on charges of planning to kidnap her nephew for a ransom of Rs. 50 lakhs. The case was cracked with the help of an auto-rickshaw driver whom the accused had allegedly hired to keep a watch on the boy.

On Thursday, Naval Kapoor, a businessman living at Rajender Nagar in Central Delhi, lodged a complaint alleging that he had been receiving extortion calls in which the caller threatened to kidnap his son Honey, a student of the Vasant Kunj branch of Delhi Public School, if he did not cough up Rs. 50 lakhs as protection money.

The police learnt that the calls were being made from Nangloi, Sultanpuri, Madipur and Raghubir Nagar. While the probe was on, an auto-rickshaw driver, Vijay, contacted Mr. Kapoor and informed him that some persons had hired him to keep a track of his son's movements. At his instance, the police zeroed in on three suspects, Umesh Batra, Goldy Singh and Ramesh Sharma, and picked them up from Rajender Nagar where they had gone to allegedly conduct a reconnaissance of Mr. Kapoor's residence on Friday. Two country-made pistols and three live cartridges were recovered from their possession. During interrogation, the three allegedly confessed to their involvement in the case.

As it turned out, the plan to make the extortion calls and threaten Mr. Kapoor to kidnap Honey was hatched by his close relative, Sunita, and her lover, Umesh. Subsequently, Sunita was also arrested.

Umesh revealed that after he sold his Delhi house a few months ago, he had been living with his elder brother, who is into film production in Mumbai. But, he had to come back to the Capital as he lost all the money in gambling. Here, he came close to Sunita, who gave him the idea to kidnap her nephew to extort money from his father. At her instance, Umesh allegedly roped in Goldy Singh, who lives in Mumbai and has worked as a group dancer in some Punjabi and Hindi music videos; and Ramesh, who earlier worked as a bouncer in one of Mumbai's dance bars. Ramesh shifted to Delhi after the dance bars were shut down. Lured by the prospect of making quick buck, the accused planned to target Mr. Kapoor. The auto-rickshaw driver, Vijay, who tipped off the police about the accused, is being rewarded.