The managing director of an MNC based in Noida and his driver were reportedly abducted at gunpoint on Friday evening. Noida police rescued Rathin Basu,country president and MD of Alstom T&D India Limited,and driver Rambabu,from Meerut around 3.30 am on Saturday.
Three persons were arrested after the two were rescued from Pandav Nagar,an upscale locality in Meerut. Three others managed to escape.
Senior Superintendent of Police Preetinder Singh said,Basu and his driver left their office in Sector 65 around 7.30 pm. A Maruti Wagon R crashed into Basus car. When Basu and the driver stepped out to check the damage,they were assaulted. Three men kidnapped them at gunpoint.
Basus family received a call from him around 10 pm. The kidnappers allowed Basu to call his family,to ensure that family members didnt suspect anything. Family members told police that Basu,who normally speaks English,spoke in Hindi and sounded worried, a senior police officer said.
The family informed Noida police about their suspicions around 10.30 pm. We traced the call to Pandav Nagar in Meerut. A team was sent to Meerut immediately, the officer said.
At 3 am,a police constable who was making rounds of the area on his motorcycle noticed some people getting into a car,which looked like Basus vehicle. We surrounded the assailants and there was an exchange of fire. There were no injuries, the officer said.
The owner of the house in Meerut,where the hostages were held,owns a garment store in Noida. Those arrested include the house owners driver Naresh Pal,and associates Narendra and Sanju Thakur. Since there was no ransom call,the motive hasnt been ascertained. A case of abduction has been registered, the officer said.