A second-year student of Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) was allegedly kidnapped on his way home at Rasoolpur locality in Shahjahanpur from Gangasheel Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital in Bareilly on April 30.
The case of kidnapping of the student, Anurag Singh, was registered on Wednesday after his father Dr Hakim Singh received a ransom call from an unidentified number two days ago. The kidnapper asked Dr Singh, an Unani practitioner, to arrange for Rs 1 crore by May 5 in exchange for his son’s release, DIG, Bareilly Range, Ashutosh Kumar said. Singh has not received any such call since then, the DIG added.
Dr Singh approached the police on Wednesday after which an FIR was registered at the City Kotwali police station, said Additional Superintendent of Police, City, Sameer Saurabh.
The police have traced the last location of the cellphone, which was used to make the ransom call, in Punjab, following which it was switched off. Anurag’s call details point out that his phone’s last location was in Shahjahanpur on April 30.
According to police, Anurag’s cellphone records showed that calls were made from his mobile to the kidnapper’s number.
Anurag used to leave the Gangasheel hostel of his college on every Saturday to visit his home. Station House Officer, Kotwali police station, Sudhir Pal Dhama said Anurag had left his hostel at around 9.10 am on April 30 morning.
When he did not reach home, Dr Singh reached Anurag’s college the next day and met the college authorities inquiring about his son, the SHO said. He was searching for his son when he received the ransom call on Monday.
Investigations are on to see if any family acquaintance was involved in Anurag’s kidnapping, police officials said.