Bengaluru: Seven cops hide inside tractor, rescue kidnapped engineering graduate in 7 hours | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: City police on Thursday rescued an engineering graduate within seven hours of his abduction for a ransom of Rs 2 crore. Four of the alleged kidnappers have been arrested.
Rabeez Arafat, 22, a resident of Shivaramaiah Layout, HBR Layout III Block, and a civil engineering graduate from Reva University, Yelahanka, was abducted from near his residence on March 25 at 12.35pm. The kidnappers called his father Arif Ulla, a businessman, and demanded Rs 2 crore for his release.
Ulla owns Farhan College and School of Nursing in Kothanur and a PU college in HBR Layout by the same name. Settled in HBR Layout for more than 30 years, Ulla is a well-known name in the locality. He has two sons — Shoiab Arafat and Rabeez Arafat, who is the younger one.
Once police were alerted about the youth being kidnapped, five special teams were formed under DCP east, SD Sharanappa. One technical team was assigned the task of scanning CCTV footage and tracking mobile phones of the suspects as well as the victim. Four other teams led by NB Sakri, ACP-Banaswadi division and inspectors Santosh Kumar (from KG Halli), Melwin Francis (Ramamurthynagar) Vasant Kumar (Hennur), Satish (Banaswadi) and Kiran Kumar (DJ Halli) started the ground work. Split into different teams and dressed in plain cloths, two teams started following the suspects with the help of CCTV footage.
Meanwhile, the suspects called Arafat’s family and threatened to kill the youngster by chopping off his hands and legs if the ransom amount was not paid or if a police complaint was filed. The suspects were making calls on Whatssapp, mostly from the victim’s mobile phone. After each call, they would switch off the device.
A posse of four cops was stationed at the victim’s house and were tracing all phone calls. As directed by police, the family agreed to pay the ransom. The suspects told the family members they would intimate them about the time and place to deliver the money demanded.
Finally, at 7pm, police succeeded in tracing the hideout of the suspects — a one-room house near Yerappanahalli village in Avalahalli, Bengaluru Rural. Dressed as daily wage workers and armed with service revolvers, a team of seven police officers readied for final action. The seven cops got into a tractor, taken from Avalahalli village, and took supine position on the trolley. They directed the driver to move towards the front portion of the house and asked him to slow down so that they could jump out.
Meanwhile, Arafat was sitting outside the room with three abductors guarding him. He had been allowed to sit out for some fresh air as he had panicked. None of them realised that the tractor passing by had cops hiding in it. When the vehicle came near the house, the driver slowed down. Seven officials jumped out and instantly held the three kidnappers at gun-point. Another abductor, who was resting inside the house, too was nabbed. The youth was finally rescued at 7.30pm.

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