The Byculla police on Wednesday arrested six people for kidnapping a businessman. Kishor Surve,a Chembur resident,who runs a vehicle lease business was kept hostage for over seven days.
The police arrested Bala Dhatykya Pawar (57),reportedly a local RPI activist,and his sons Prajip (23) and Prashant (25) along with Pratik Uthale (22),Vishal Shinde (22) and Prakash Sapkal on charges of abduction.
Manoj Mhatre,the owner of a local newspaper in Govandi had approached the Byculla police suspecting that his friend,Surve,had been kidnapped. Police inspector Ganesh Rathod,Byculla police station said,Mhatre had called Surve several times on his cellphone. However,Surve responded in monosyllables. On Wednesday Surve told Mhatre that some men had kept him hostage in Mazgaon.
Mhatre told the police that Surve didnt know the exact location. We told Mhatre to continue calling Surve so that we could track his location. We traced them to Tadwadi in Mazgaon. Meanwhile Mhatre received a call from one of the kidnappers who told him to come with money near the Mazgaon court. Our team which went with Mhatre nabbed them, said S Gaja,police sub-inspector,Byculla police station.
The kidnappers had shifted Surve to another location before leaving to collect the ransom. Seizing this opportunity,he fled and reached the police station.
Surve revealed that Bala Pawar had approached him six months back for help to get a loan. Surve claimed that he had taken Rs 1 lakh for getting the work done but had returned the money. However,Pawar and his aides claimed that he owed them Rs two lakh and had abducted him to get the money.
They even took away the documents of his house in Chembur. They had also got a notarised document bearing Surves signature saying that he owed Pawar Rs two lakh, said Rathod