Indian police have raided a home in New Delhi to rescue a wealthy businessman, who was taken hostage by a group of women over alleged sexual abuse. Rape is a major problem in India, as well as growing number of false accusations.
The managing director of a Mumbai-based marine engineering company was kidnapped during a business trip to the capital, police was informed on Friday. It was soon established via CCTV footage that the 64-year-old left his five-star hotel accompanied by two women and left in a Hyundai Verna vehicle.
The abductors repeatedly called the company officials, demanding the ransom of 3 million rupees (around $42.600), using WhatsApp to conceal their identities, a police source told The Times of India.
Meanwhile, having identified the suspect vehicle’s license plates, the officers traced the address of the car’s owner. The man was home and swiftly confessed of being part of the plot, saying that he was just seeking to grab some easy cash. He apparently relayed the place where the businessman was held to the police.
During a raid on the kidnappers’ hideout in Laxmi Nagar district in the east if the capital on Saturday, law enforcers arrested four women and two men, including the car owner. Their identities haven’t been disclosed due to the ongoing investigation.
The top manager was discovered locked in one of the rooms and recused. He explained he was invited to Laxmi Nagar by two women, one of whom he knew beforehand. But once they arrived on site, two more females appeared and accused him of raping one of their daughters, demanding ransom for his freedom.
The businessman, whose identity is not revealed, denies all claims and it’s not yet clear if the law enforcers will be looking into sexual assault accusations pressed by kidnappers.