Kidnapped Engineer rescued, 6 arrested

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 Mar 2017 10:31:16

Staff Reporter,


Mar 18,

In a swift action, Raipur Police rescued the kidnapped Mukhya Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (MMGSY) Engineer Sushil Gupta and also arrested six of his captivators within 18-hours of the incident. The manner in which the Raipur Police handled such a delicate situation – ransom of Rs 5 crore against the release of the engineer – to solve the case in such a short notice, earned it bouquets from people of all sections of the society.

However earlier, when the news of kidnapping from State capital spread like wild fire, saw the Raipur police at the receiving end of brickbats and criticism. But the entire rank and file of Raipur Police, particularly its Central Crime Branch (CCB),swung into action and their synergised efforts led to rescue of the kidnapped engineer. The perpetrator of kidnapping was none other but a former tenant of the victim engineer identified as Manoj Sharma. Sharma masterminded the crime, since he very well knew the family background of his prey, including the sound financial background of engineer’s in-laws. Sharma was under optimism that a mere ransom call would send the Kadir’s family into panic and frenzy and in-turn they would turn the heaven upside-down to pay the money against the safe release of the engineer. Accordingly, Manoj Sharma in connivance with five other accomplices including his wife, a close friend Sameer Khan, his wife, his Aiban Khan and their common friend another Rahul.

It may be recalled that Executive Engineer working with Mukhya Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (MMGSY) Sushil Gupta (52), son of Chandrika Prasad Gupta at Raigarh was kidnapped on Friday night from his house in Sundar Nagar.
“Police rescued engineer Sushil Gupta from the house no 110, belonging to one of the six arrested accused Sameer Khan, situated at MIG Housing Board Colony, Boriakala. The police also recovered a country-made pistol of 12 bore, six live rounds, 4-5 nos of sharp-edged weapons (knives), mobile phones and fake identity cards,” an elated Raipur Range IG Pradeep Gupta told a jam-packed gathering of media persons at Police Control Room on Saturday late evening.

Encapsulating few select details of the police investigation that led to successful and unharmed release of engineer, IG Gupta informed that the six arrested abductors have been booked under Sections 364(A),342,392,120 and 34 of Indian Penal Code(IPC), in addition to 25, 27 Arms Act. All these Sections amounts to criminal charges of kidnapping for ransom, wrongful confinement, robbery, criminal conspiracy, common intention and possession of prohibited arms and ammunitions. “All the accused would be produced in the court tomorrow from where the police would seek their remand for further interrogation. The Police Custody Remand (PCR) is necessitated to know the antecedents of all the six accused as well as the recovery of over 20 fake IDs from their possession also needs to be investigated, if and when used in any previous crime,” averred the Raipur Range IG.

The Raipur Range IG further informed that the police began their investigation by closely monitoring the movement of the suspects near Boriyakala, Boriakhurd, Sadani Darbar, Fundahar and Dumartarai. “During this, the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footages of Boriakhurd Gate gave the police much needed clue. One of the footages led to the recovery of the looted Scooterate Honda Activa (CG-04 KS-8560) parked on roadside near Boriakhurd Gate. The footage also helped the police when they spotted a suspicious person parking the scooterate and accordingly, several teams of plainclothes policemen were despatched to nearby residential areas including Boriyakala, Housing Board Colony and Green Valley Colony. It was during this closely-watched vigil, police eventually came to know about the suspects’ hideout and swooped in one of the house at Boriyakala Housing Board Colony just to find engineer Sushil Gupta confined in one of the rooms,” the IG added.

To a query, IG Gupta informed that the main accused Manoj Sharma basically hails from Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) and he is computer literate. The accused was also earlier employed by the victim engineer Gupta at his privately owned Computer Training Centre in 2015. Manoj Sharma befriended Sameer Khan, a resident of Pune, during this period only and they together hatched the hi-tech conspiracy to abduct engineer Gupta. “All the plans of abductors failed, when they realised that the family members of Gupta were unable to pay such a massive ransom amount and henceforth, they settled for a meagre amount of Rs 10 lakh,” the IGP added.

A famous adage reads “crime never pays off.” The well-knitted conspiracy – kidnapping and hefty ransom money to follow later – that actually Manoj Sharma and his accomplices had thought earlier, failed to yield the desired results and now they are behind the bars.