The Tardeo police have arrested three students of a media institute in Andheri for allegedly kidnapping their classmate and demanding ransom from his parents.
The three had abandoned the victim at Kasara Ghats in the night,but he managed to make his way home.
According to the Tardeo police,the victim,Raju Nisad (22),studies at an institute in Andheri,which offers courses in mass media. Nisad and the three suspects,identified as Chirag Joshi,Nitin Patel and Aniket Kapure,enrolled for the script-writing course at the institute in July this year.
On December 4,the suspects told Nisad they had fixed an appointment with a teleserial director,who had agreed to take a look at the script and songs he had written for his assignment,and asked him to come to the Sion circle. Nisad met them accordingly and the trio took him to Kasara Ghats near Mumbai,where they took away his bag containing his laptop as well as his cellphone and wallet. They then made him get off the car, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone V) Dhananjay Kulkarni.
When Nisad did not return home till the next day,his family lodged a complaint with Tardeo police. The same day,the family started receiving calls from Nisads cellphone,demanding Rs 7 lakh as ransom. Meanwhile,Nisad started walking towards Mumbai and reached a village in Kasara,where locals lent him some money.
He reached home on December 6 and narrated his ordeal to his parents,who,in turn,informed the police.
The trio had asked Nisads family to leave the ransom amount at an angadia firms office in Bhuleshwar. We kept a watch on the office. On December 14,Kapure reached the office to collect the money and we arrested him. His interrogation led us to Patel and Joshi,who were arrested on Thursday from Mumbai and Nashik respectively, said Kulkarni.