Behjath Hussain, the Hyderabad dentist who was rescued from an elaborately planned kidnap two weeks ago, passed away on Wednesday. Hussain, who was 56, was abducted on October 27 in the afternoon. The kidnappers had worn burqas, and were brandishing what were later found to be toy pistols. Demanding a ransom of Rs 10 crore in bitcoin, the accused were escorting Hussain to a location in Karnataka to wait until they received the amount. They were intercepted by police in Andhra’s Raptadu town in the early hours of October 28, and Hussain was rescued. In less than two weeks, however, he died after suffering a heart attack.
“Hussain’s family informed us yesterday that he had passed away, and that he had suffered a heart attack on Tuesday night,” Rajendranagar Inspector of Police G Suresh told TNM. Hussain was kidnapped from his hospital in Bandlaguda, located in the Rajendranagar police station limits. According to reports, other than the trauma he suffered, he had also been upset that a family member was behind the kidnap plot.
The police personnel who rescued him had said that the doctor was made to sit on the floor of the car, and could have easily been mistaken for a bag of luggage. The kidnappers had tied up Hussain’s wrists, and a long piece of cloth was found rotated around his neck along with a lot of packing tape. Covered with a sheet, Hussain was found writhing in pain with his fingers and legs bruised. Narrating the events, Hussain had said that the kidnappers beat him as he tried to resist, before carrying him away from his hospital.
The Cyberabad police nabbed seven of the 12 accused, all of them in the age group of 18 to 28 years. The prime accused was found to be a relative of the dentist’s wife, who had been living in Australia and planned the kidnapping for money. The 12 accused had been split into two teams, one to carry out the abduction and one to escort Hussain to Karnataka to a safe location, where they would wait until the ransom was received. Three of the accused are from Udupi in Karnataka, and some of them were from Pune in Maharashtra while the others were from Hyderabad.
Read: Kidnapped Hyderabad dentist rescued, kidnappers demanded Rs 10 crore in bitcoins
Police in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh rescued a dentist who was kidnapped from a hospital in Hyderabad Tuesday evening.
Alerted by Telangana Police that the kidnappers were proceeding towards Bengaluru in a Mahendra Bolero, Anantapur police set up watch on several roads including the Hyderabad-Bengaluru highway. A police team spotted the jeep near Rapthadu toll plaza around 2 am and intercepted it.
Police said while two kidnappers fled, two others were nabbed. Police then rescued Dr Behjas Hussain, a dentist working at Kismetpur Dental Clinic at Hyderabad. The doctor’s hands and legs were tied with ropes and he appeared dazed, an official said. Later in the day, Anantapur police tracked down the two kidnappers who had fled and took them into custody.
According to the police, the dentist was kidnapped by five burqa-clad persons from his hospital in the Rajendranagar area of Hyderabad. The kidnappers later made a WhatsApp ransom call to his family demanding Rs 10 crore in bitcoin currency, police added.
Sources in Cyberabad Police said five-8 members were involved in the kidnapping. While five persons abducted the dentist Tuesday, they handed him over to four persons who were taking him to Bengaluru or nearby towns.
Officials said the kidnapping could be a fall out of the financial dispute that the doctor allegedly had with his business partners.
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.
A ransom of ₹10 crore was demanded in bitcoins.
A doctor of Hyderabad-based Kismatpur Dental Hospital, Hussain, who was kidnapped from the hospital on Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. was rescued by the Anantapur police near Rapthadu in the early hours of Wednesday.
The alleged motive behind the kidnap was a ransom of ₹10 crore, demanded in bitcoins as the doctor was also a real-estate dealer.
The doctor had injuries on his fingers, face and head. He was handed over to the Hyderabad police.
In all, nine persons were involved in the planned kidnapping of the doctor. A vehicle, with a Maharashtra registration number was used by them.
Rapthadu Sub-Inspector of police P.T. Anjaneyulu, along with his team, intercepted the vehicle at Marur Toll Plaza at 2 a.m. The kidnappers veered the Bolero van towards Bukkacherla village near Kanaganapalli to avoid the checking. The doctor was hidden under clothes and dumped in the rear seat of the van.
After a chase that lasted an hour, the vehicle and one of the kidnappers were located by tracking the mobile location, and the injured doctor was rescued, the Sub-Inspector told The Hindu.
Three of the four involved in the crime fled the scene. Only one of them, identified as Sanjay, was arrested. Hunt is on for the others, who fled into the fields in the dark near Bukkacherla.
According to the victim, he was kidnapped by five unknown persons who had come in burquas to his hospital. He said he was confined in a room in an undisclosed place in Hyderabad till 5 p.m. All spoke the Marathi language, he said. The doctor was handed over to four other persons, who were asked to go to Bengaluru or Shimoga in Karnataka. They began driving from Hyderabad past midnight.
Hyderabad police had alerted the District Superintendent of Police B. Satya Yesu Babu at 5 p.m. on Tuesday about the possible movement of the kidnappers on National Highway No. 44 based on their cell phone locations.
HYDERABAD: Within 24 hours of getting kidnapped from his dental clinic in Hyderabad on Tuesday, Dr Hussain was rescued on Wednesday early morning by Andhra Pradesh police in Ananthapuram district.
Based on a tip-off by Telangana police, their counterparts managed to intercept the vehicle in which the kidnappers were travelling to Bengaluru. A couple of men present in the vehicle were caught while a few others managed to escape.
The AP police will hand over the victim, suffered mild injuries due to assault, to the Telangana force.
Interestingly, the kidnappers had demanded Dr Hussain’s family a ransom of Rs 10 crore in the form of Bitcoins.
According to police, the kidnappers got into Dr Hussain’s dental clinic in Kismatpur under Rajendranagar police limits posing as patients. Minutes after entering his room, they kidnapped the dentist around 1 pm, forced him into his own four-wheeler and drove away.
Later, four more accused joined the gang and the vehicle proceeded towards the Bengaluru Highway. In the meantime, Rajendranagar police received information about the incident, tracked the vehicle and alerted the AP police.
Personnel posted in checkpoints in Ananthapuram were quickly alerted who checked every vehicle and later rescued Dr Hussain. In a video recorded after his rescue, the dentist said that around five burqa-clad persons kidnapped him from his clinic at around 1 pm on Tuesday.
“They knew that I live in Prestige Royal Woods In Kismatpur. They took my vehicle’s key that was kept on the table. I tried to resist and screamed twice as well but there was no one around. They forced me in to my own vehicle and took me away.
“Later, they changed the vehicle. They took me in an auto and kept me in a room for a while where they provided me water and spoke properly. Then they again put me in a four-wheeler and took me away. I could not see my watch but it must have been around 2 am then,” Dr Hussain said.
The dentist’s face was completely covered and his hands were tied when he was rescued. Dr Hussain also runs a real estate business and well off.