Mangaluru: The Belthangady police have arrested 8 persons in connection with kidnapping, blackmailing and extortion here, on July 30.
The arrested have been identified as Mohammed Asif (25), Abdul Latif (36), Sabeer (25), Abubaker Siddique (21), Sulaiman (35), Abdul Mazid (22), Hasim (22) and Zarina (27). All from Beltangady.
According to the police, on July 27 at around 5:30 pm, Mohammed Asif called Abdul Basheer and requested him to drop a woman (Asif’s relative) from Laila in Beltangady to Ujire. Trusting Asif, Basheer agreed to drop the woman to Ujire and engaged his relative Haris’s auto for the purpose. When Abdul was on his way to Ujire along with the woman, a group of men came in a Ritz car and waylaid his auto. The group kidnapped both Abdul and Haris, made them to sit along with the woman who was in the auto and clicked photographs. They then demanded Abdul and Haris to pay Rs 10 lakh and threatened to upload the photos on social media and file a false rape case against them. The group kept Abdul and Haris under house arrest at Nainad, Venur.
The group also looted cash, passport, three mobile phones and demanded Rs 10 lakh from the victims. In this regard, a case was registered under section 364(A), 395, 120(B) at the Beltangady Police Station. Based on the complaint, an investigation team was formed under the leadership of the ASP and DCIB. After receiving information, the Beltangady police arrested 8 of the accused. The search is on for four others who are at large.
The DIG and IGP, Amrit Paul appreciated the efforts and bravery of the police team in arresting the accused and said that they will be rewarded with cash and certificates.
The operation was carried out on the order and able guidance of Superintendent of Police Dr Sharanappa by ASP Vincent, Bantwal sub-division ASP Rahul Kumar, Belthangady circle inspector Lingappa B R, DCIB PSI Manjula, ASI Sanjeeva Purusha, Udaya Rai, Palanivelu, Iqbal AE, Taranath S, Vasu Naik, Praveen Rai, ASI Kalaimar, Praveen, Pramodini, Venkatesh, Vijay and Rohinath.
The police have also requested that if the public come across such cases, they should kindly inform the police so that they can take strict action against those responsible.