Mohali youth ‘kidnapped’ in Bali, let off after Rs 24L ransom

Mohali youth ‘kidnapped’ in Bali, let off after Rs 24L ransom

Tribune Information Service

Gaurav Kanthwal

Mohali, January 4

The police have registered a case of kidnapping for ransom and extortion in opposition to unknown individuals for demanding Rs 30 lakh to launch a 22-year-old Ashutosh Rana of Behlolpur close to right here.

The sufferer’s household had despatched their little one after one other relative reached the USA illegally by way of Indonesia and Mexico every week earlier. The sufferer arrived in Bali on September 29, after which his household began getting ransom calls.

The sufferer had knowledgeable the household on the cellphone that he and three different Punjabis (one from Chamkaur Sahib, one other from Sanaur, Patiala, and the third one, a relative of the sufferer, from Mohali) had been kidnapped and locked in a room. The suspects, allegedly from Punjab origin, beat the youths and ripped off their nails from their fingers, his household claimed.

The household deposited Rs 24 lakh in a non-public checking account of Ludhiana. The cash was reportedly withdrawn in Jalandhar.

The suspects reportedly reside in Indonesia and kidnap and extort cash by luring college students with goals of residing in international shores. They don’t take advance cash and guarantee them that the fee will likely be taken as soon as the coed reaches the US. Even the air ticket is shipped by them in order that they can’t be traced right here, Rana’s household mentioned.

“It has now come to gentle that seven extra individuals have been duped in the identical method. Their members of the family have approached senior police officers in Mohali,” mentioned Manjeet Rana, sarpanch, Behlolpur, an uncle of one of many victims.

The police mentioned the position of a Kharar resident, Jalandhar journey brokers and a few airport officers in Amritsar, is below the scanner.

The police mentioned three youths had been let off after the fee and had been on a flight again house.

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