Six days after he was abducted the police rescued Dr Rajesh Mehta, head of the department of Preventive Social Medicine, Patan Medical College, on Wednesday and arrested two persons, of whom one is a former driver employed by him.
The Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) in a joint operation rescued him from a Mehsana village Wednesday. The abductors had demanded a ransom of Rs 2 crore from his family.
According to officers, who were part of investigation, Dr Mehta was found in an abandoned house blindfolded, with his hands tied. The officers said that the two suspects are being grilled to find out other accused in the case.
The motive for Mehta’s abduction was ransom. “The kidnappers sent a USB to his family containing video footage of the doctor asking for RS 2 crore as ransom,” said a senior officer involved in the operation.
The police have arrested Kalpesh and Hitendra Patel. Kalpesh was employed by Mehta family as their driver but left the job over an year ago.
Mehta, 56, heads the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine in Patan Medical College run by Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society. He was abducted on Friday, on his way to deliver a lecture at Deesa town in neighbouring Banaskantha district. On his way, about 4 to 5 persons stopped Mehta’s car near Aseda village in Banaskantha, dragged him out and took him away in another car.
The state police roped in ATS and DCB after local police failed to make any headway in the case.