Rangareddy (Telangana) [India], October 29 (ANI): A day after a dentist was kidnapped from his clinic in Bandlaguda Jagir village of Rangareddy district in the wee hours of October 27, Telangana Police rescued him and arrested seven people on Wednesday.
They also seized three cars, seven cell phones, toy pistols, rope bundles, cellophane tapes, and burkhas from the possession of the alleged kidnappers, including a relative of victim Behjath Hussain’s wife
Cyberabad Commissioner of Police V C Sajjanar said the alleged kidnappers had demanded a ransom of Rs 10 crore for the release of 56-year-old Hussain.
“The victim is a resident of Kismathpur village. Recently, he constructed a building in Bandlaguda Jagir wherein he started a clinic on the ground floor. Prime accused Musthafa, a close relative of the victim’s wife, hatched the conspiracy to kidnap him and extort money, seeing his financial affluence,” said the police commissioner.
He added Musthafa has returned from Australia after becoming bankrupt and started a real estate business in Pune and Hyderabad. “He, along with his business partner from Australia, Mubashir Ahmed alias Khaled, hatched the plan to kidnap him and extort money by threatening him and his family members,” he said.
The police said both the business partners contacted other people and kidnapped the victim from his clinic around 1.15 am on October 27.
“The Cyberabad police deployed 12 teams across the state and within hours of the incident and started apprehending the accused from various locations — Falaknuma, Red Hills, Kukatpally and Anantapur (neighbouring Andhra Pradesh). The victim has also been rescued without any harm,” said the police commissioner. (ANI)
A former cryptocurrency investor and financial adviser, who fled from Australia following bankruptcy, was the mastermind behind the kidnapping of a dentist from Kismatpur in Rajendranagar on Tuesday afternoon.
Musthafa, a close relative of the victim Dr. Behjath Hussain (56), hatched a conspiracy with his associate Khalid and their employees to abduct the latter to settle his debts and lead a ‘luxurious life’. He is currently into hospitality industry in Hyderabad and Pune.
A resident of Kismatpur, Dr. Hussain was kidnapped by four persons clad in burqas from his yet-to-be inaugurated clinic at around 1.15 p.m. on Tuesday. He was taken to a house at Yellammabanda of Kukatpally in his own SUV and was later handed over to another ‘team’, who planned to take him to Udupi in Karnataka.
Meanwhile, the Cyberabad police nabbed the first team of kidnappers — Sumit, Akshay, Salman and Vicky — who spilled the beans about the other team. “Soon, we alerted our counterparts in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra, and at 6.30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dr. Hussain was rescued by the Anantapur police, who also nabbed the accused,” Commissioner V.C. Sajjanar said.
While trailing the kidnappers, police lost track of them at Kurnool and later near Anantapur. He said that Musthafa demanded the family to pay a ransom of ₹10 crore in bitcoins within 48 hours to release the doctor safely and threatened to not approach police.
The Australian government has initiated action against Musthafa for his illegal dealings in cryptocurrency. Mubashir Ahmed alias Khalid was his business partner there. “Because of their unstable financial position and as they got addicted to a lavish life, the duo decided to kidnap the victim and demand money as they knew his financial position,” Mr. Sajjanar said. Dr. Hussain was also into real estate and owns huge property in Hyderabad.
Dr. Hussain said that Musthafa’s involvement came as a shock to him as he considered the latter as his close family member. “I trusted him and never expected him to go to such extent for money,” he said.