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The police in Chennai have arrested eight people on Thursday night in connection with the abduction of a tannery owner.
Yasar Arafat, 26, was kidnapped by four men posing as police officers on Wednesday night. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of Rs 15 lakh (US$1.5 million) from Arafat's wife, Yasin Banu. Mylapore deputy commissioner of police S Lakshmi and her team rescued the victim and apprehend the accused.
Since Banu did not have Rs15 lakh (US$1.5 million), Yasin Banu went to Vadapalani with Rs5 lakh in cash (US$500,000), as directed by the abductors. She gave the money to a man who was waiting for her. Police personnel in plain clothes followed the man and apprehended him.
Based on the information he gave, they arrested all the other accused and rescued Arafat, who was confined in a house at Virugambakkam.
Preliminary inquiries revealed that Arafat's father Thameem Ansari promised to get bail for two persons hailing from Tamil Nadu who were arrested in Kuala Lumpur for carrying narcotic substances. Ansari allegedly collected Rs15 lakh (US$1.5 million) from the relatives of the smugglers, identified as Shanmugam and Saddique, to secure bail for them from a Malaysian court. However, Ansari failed to secure bail for them, and the Malaysian court recently sentenced the duo to death.
The aggrieved relatives of the duo asked him to return the money. As he failed to return the amount, the relatives of the smugglers allegedly devised a plan to kidnap Arafat to extort money from Ansari.
Source: Times of Indiacomments powered by Disqus