The Hyderabad Police Tuesday arrested a 21-year-old man who allegedly tried to blackmail relatives of a family that went missing in Uttarakhand by claiming that they were in his custody and demanding money to reveal their location.
S Sai Charan,an unemployed man from Hyderabad,allegedly called up the anxious relatives of Anand Arunachalam and sought Rs 75,000 to reveal their location. When they hesitated,he threatened to render them unconscious and sell their kidneys to recover the money he claimed to have spent in rescuing them.
Anand Arunachalam,wife Sheela and daughter Soumya are still missing. Their last known location was Kedarnath,relatives said.
Police said Sai Charan had run into debts and when lenders started pressuring him he sought help from his friend Kiran Kumar,who works in New Delhi. Kiran asked him to come to Delhi promising help.
In Delhi,Sai Charan went to Andhra Bhavan where he read an appeal in a Telugu newspaper from Anands relatives seeking help in tracing the family. He hatched a plan and called on the cellphone number mentioned in the appeal. He told the relatives that the family was in a bad shape but safe in his custody,police said.
After talking for some time,he demanded Rs 75,000 to reveal where they were. The relatives were ready to pay the amount. But when they asked him for information like where they were,he threatened them,saying they were admitted in a hospital and if the amount was not paid he would be forced to sell their kidneys, said Additional DCP B Limba Reddy.
After getting a complaint,the police traced Sai Charan using call records and arrested him. Expecting payment,he had returned to Hyderabad, Reddy said.