Sambalpur Trader’s Kidnap Case: Four Including Mastermind Arrested

Bhubaneswar: The Dehradun police on Sunday arrested four persons including the mastermind who had kidnapped a businessman of Sambalpur district on July 10.

Following the inputs from the Sambalpur police on Saturday regarding the whereabouts of the accused Rajiv Dua, the Dehradun police formed a team to track him down, the Hindustan Times quoted Arun Mohan Joshi, deputy inspector general, Dehradun as saying.

“With the help of electronic surveillance, we got to know about Rajiv’s location in the city’s Raipur area. He was finally caught on Sunday afternoon from there,” said Joshi.

During the interrogation, Rajiv confessed to the crime. He said he used to run a cloth business in Dehradun’s Paltan Bazar but after he ran into heavy losses, he shut down the business in 2018 and went to stay with his maternal uncle living in Sambalpur.

He started cloth business in Sambalpur again but he ran into heavy debt soon. There he met two of his accomplices and they hatched a plot to abduct the businessman, Naresh Agrawal who used to live in the same neighborhood as Dua’s uncle.

As per the plan, three of them along with another person kidnapped Agrawal at gun-point on July 10 and took him in Rajiv’s car. They had planned to call his family for ransom. But, before they could make the ransom call, police got to know about it and started searching for him. Scared, they then dropped Agrawal near his house and fled. Dua then went to Dehradun by car on July 18, Joshi said.

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