Police in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district rescued a Hyderabad-based dentist from kidnappers while they were taking him to Karnataka in a vehicle in the early hours of Wednesday.
Anantapur’s superintendent of police Dr Satya Yesubabu said when the kidnappers’ vehicle was intercepted at Rapthadu village the driver tried to divert the vehicle towards Kanaganapalli.
“But the police surrounded it from all sides. While they overpowered Sanjay, who was driving the vehicle, three others managed to escape into the fields. They could rescue the doctor – B Hussain (57), who was lying in the back seat with his hands and legs tied,” the SP said.
Hussain was kidnapped by five burqa-clad men from his clinic at Bandlaguda Jagir under Rajendranagar police station limits on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Tuesday afternoon when he was getting ready to go home for lunch.
The kidnappers, who were conversing in Marathi, beat up Hussain’s assistant Syed Salman and dumped him in the washroom. They later dragged the doctor into his Toyota Innova vehicle and proceeded towards Shankarpalli.
The SP said the kidnappers first detained Hussain in an undisclosed place till evening. Later, the gang leader handed him to four members of the gang and asked them to take him to Shimoga or Bengaluru in a Mahindra Bolero vehicle.
Meanwhile, Salman, who managed to escape from the clinic, informed Hussain’s family. The dentist’s wife then complained to Rajendranagar police.
“Since Hussain is also into real estate business and made big money, the kidnappers targeted him. They reportedly demanded a ransom of Rs 10 crore through Bitcoins,” Yesubabu said.
Based on the evidence collected, the Rajendranagar police came to the conclusion that the kidnappers had taken Hussain towards Bengaluru. They immediately alerted Anantapur police.
“We deployed special police teams on the national highway and kept a watch on the movements of vehicles coming from Hyderabad. In the early hours, Rapthadu police managed to intercept the vehicle and take it into their possession,” the SP said.
He said Hussain was rescued and was safe. “We have seized the vehicle and a pistol from the accused. We have launched a manhunt for other kidnappers. Investigation is on,” he said.
Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police Gautam Sawang complimented the Anantapur police for their quick action in rescuing the dentist from the kidnappers.
RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — The number of new coronavirus cases jumped in Riverside County over the weekend, as did the death toll and the number of people admitted into intensive care units, according to figures released Monday by Riverside University Health System.
The uptick comes as Riverside County Supervisor Karen Spiegel will ask her colleagues Tuesday to support a proposal for the Executive Office to coordinate with neighboring counties in presenting a unified request to the governor to revise or drop the state’s current color-coded coronavirus tier system.
The total number of COVID-19 infections recorded in Riverside County since the public health documentation period began in early March stands at 66,732 Monday, an increase of 975 people since Friday’s reporting, according to RUHS.
The number of deaths linked to COVID-19 was reported at 1,295 Monday, and increase of 16 people since Friday, the data showed.
The number of COVID-positive hospitalizations totaled 164 Monday, compared to 161 on Friday. Monday’s figure includes 60 ICU patients — 21 more than Friday, according to RUHS.
As numbers continue rising, Spiegel’s proposal amounts to a directive for retiring CEO George Johnson, or incoming Interim CEO Juan Perez, and Executive Office staff to “engage” Imperial, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego and possibly other Southern California counties in forming a partnership focused on addressing defects in the state’s coronavirus tier structure.
Riverside County was bumped back to the purple tier Tuesday due an increased coronavirus case rate and not meeting state thresholds for testing.
“Riverside County has created or expanded 22 programs to mitigate direct and indirect impacts (of COVID-19),” Spiegel said in documents posted to the Board of Supervisors’ agenda for Tuesday. “Yet there is no number of programs that can replace someone’s livelihood or business … Entire industries are at a standstill, and public assistance is limited.”
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the color-coded system in August to replace the multi-phase public health de-regulation strategy originally established at the end of April.
The tier plan has four color bands — purple, red, orange and yellow — that reflect how a county is managing coronavirus impacts. Riverside County had moved into the “red” tier in the third week of September, removing barriers for some businesses and houses of worship to resume indoor operations with capacity limitations.
With Riverside County now back in the state’s most restrictive “purple” tier, many indoor services and functions are prohibited.
“Riverside County continues to make great strides in improving testing, as well as outreach within hard-to-reach groups and high spread workplaces,” Spiegel said. “Hospital capacity also remains very stable and has been for months.”
The supervisor was the foremost critic of the CDPH’s reclassification, remarking immediately after the board was informed of the change that “enough is enough. We’ve got to find a way to step forward without hurting people. My frustration has turned to anger. We are way too far beyond this.”
In her call for a united front to challenge the color-coded categorizations, Spiegel said “our residents