A marble trader was allegedly kidnapped by unidentified persons, who reportedly posed as personnel from the Jharkhand STF, after he left his house in the city on Monday evening. The family also told the police that it received a ransom demand for Rs 1 crore. The incident was reported under Pandra police station area of the city.
The police said that they were probing the case from all possible angles.
According to the police, the trader, who had opened a small shop for selling marble slabs some time ago in a colony in Pandra area, went missing around 7.30 p.m. on Monday. He left the house telling family that he would meet some persons and accompany them to a place in connection with work. However, he did not return. Late in the night, the family reportedly received a ransom call demanding Rs 1 crore. The police were informed this morning.
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Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Dwivedi said: “We are probing the case from all possible angles. The claim that the accused had come in the uniform of the STF has not yet been established.”
Initial investigation revealed that a person had been meeting the trader over the last couple of days on the pretext that he wanted to give him some work related to marble supply. “The man apparently posed as an Inspector of STF. We don’t know the person’s exact identity. It could be an alibi also,” said Dwivedi.
Police sources said that the trader had recently opened the shop and did not have the financial wherewithal to pay the amount. The call details of the trader, whose mobile phone has been found to be switched-off, were being examined.