A man from Surat was rescued by the Ahmedabad police on Saturday from the kidnappers who had sought a ransom of Rs 5 lakh. Police said that the man had come to Ahmedabad to meet “some people from an NGO exchanging invalid notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 through RTGS”, but when he approached them empty-handed, he was kidnapped.
According to police, Dinesh Tadvi, a doctor, was contacted by a person from Bharuch, who told him that there is an NGO in Ahmedabad which exchanges money through Real-time gross settlement systems (RTGS), online funds transfer system, at commission of 40%. Tadvi agreed for the meeting and came to Ahmedabad. However, he found that there was no such NGO and instead he was kidnapped.
Police said that another doctor from Surat, Mukesh Bhatt, a friend of Tadvi, informed the state police control room that he had received a call from Tadvi asking to arrange Rs 5 lakh urgently without explaining about the urgency. Bhatt told the control room that his friend had called from a flat in Prahladnagar in Ahmedabad and it seemed that he had been kidnapped.
The case was handed over to Special Operation Group (SOG), Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch official. A team was formed to trace the abductors. Police said that another friend of the doctor, Kiran Jaiswal, called up SOG police sub inspector (PSI) V H Jadeja, informing him that a ransom of Rs 5 lakh had been sought. Jadeja told Jaiswal to give his number to the abductors, saying that he (Jadeja) would pose as a friend of Tadvi, who owns a petrol pump in Rajkot. Jadeja’s number was passed on to the abductors for making the deal.
Assistant Commissioner of Police, SOG, B C Solanki said that the kidnappers called on PSI Jadeja’s number and asked him to come to Parimal garden with the money. One of the aides of the kidnappers, Gopal Singh Sisodiya, came on a two-wheeler to collect the money when he was apprehended by the police. He told the police that the doctor was kept at a house belonging to one Robert Christian in Khokhra area.
The police team reached the house, but couldn’t find anyone. In the meanwhile, Tadvi’s friend Bhatt called up PSI Jadeja that Tadvi was found near a Hanuman temple in Vatva area. Police said that Tadvi was beaten up by his kidnappers for informing the police before he was dumped at the spot.
Solanki said, “There is no such NGO that is exchanging the old notes which was promised to the doctor. The abductors had called the doctor to Ahmedabad thinking that he may turn up with some cash which they would rob. However, when the doctor came empty-handed, they sought ransom.” He said that the FIR has been lodged at Anandnagar police station which is now investigating the case.