- On October 3, Moosa was kidnapped by the three-member gang
- In order to arrest the accused as soon as possible, special teams were deployed
- Rs 25 lakh in cash, cell phones, gold rings were collected from them
Chennai: In a good victory for the Chennai City Police, at least 3 people were arrested for kidnapping a retired policeman and demanding a heavy ransom for his release.
The victim, identified as Moosa (73), also worked in the trade and previously worked as a sub-inspector. It was on October 3 that Moosa was kidnapped by the three-member gang at his residence.
The accused later called Moosa’s youngest son, Basheer, and demanded a ransom of 3 crore rupees. Following the call, the cops were alerted by Basheer and a complaint was filed.
In order to arrest the accused as soon as possible, special teams have been deployed. Further investigation into the case revealed that Kumar, aka Aruppu Kumar, had devised the plan to kidnap Moosa for a hefty ransom. Kumar was a librarian with some cases pending against him and had previously worked under Moosa.
The ransom amount was reduced to 25 lakh after some negotiations. Gang members called the victim’s son near Egmore, which he agreed to. After paying the amount, Moosa was released, however, the gang members landed in the cops net while dressed in civilian clothes and went unnoticed.
According to CCTV footage, one of the cops can be seen jumping on the hood of the car to grab the gang members. The three defendants, identified as Kumar, Prakash (33 years old) from Sirkazhi and Shanthi (28 years old) were chased down and arrested at gunpoint by the cops.
According to reports, four other gang members, including Shanthi’s husband Gandhi, Mani, Vinoth and Sathish, managed to escape and a manhunt was launched to catch them. Meanwhile, the former cop was held at a drug rehab center near Porur provided by Shanthi.
After the arrest, the cops also recovered Rs 25 lakh in cash, cell phones, gold rings and a bicycle in their possession.