Srinagar, Dec 31 (UNI) Two teenage boys who planned and executed their own kidnapping drama to get Rs five lakhs from the father of one of them landed in Kashmir police net, police said.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Srinagar, S A Mujtaba told reporters that a complaint was received by Chanapora police post in uptown from one Ghulam Hassan Najar that his 13-year-old son Ahsan-ul-Haq, a student of class eight, had been missing since 1630 hrs on December 27.
A case was registered and investigation taken up, he said.
Mr Najar received a telephone call from a STD shop at Pampore, asking him to pay Rs five lakh or his son would be killed, Mr Mujtaba said.
Mr Najar later received another call the next day from a mobile phone, which was snatched from one Nissar Ahmad at Jehangir Chowk.
However, at 2300 hrs, Mr Najar received a call from his son alleging that he and his cousin Jamsheed Hussain had been kidnapped and now released at Panzinoora on Srinagar-Bandipora road.
Haq and Hussain later told police that they had been kidnapped in a car and taken to some unknown place.
Police, however, got suspicious and questioned both the boys separately during which Haq accepted that he, along with his cousin, had made a plan to get money from his father as he knew that his father will do anything for his release.
Mr Mujtaba said they took help from a computer shop owner Sheikh Muzamil Anmin and his friend Bilal Ahmad Bhat for forcing Mr Najar to pay the money.
He said since his father was not in a position to pay Rs five lakh, the ransom amount was reduced to Rs 50,000. However, he could arrange only Rs 20,000.
Mr Mujtaba said, after hearing that police had already taken up the investigation, they dropped the plan and announced their release.
The police has arrested all the accused including both the teenagers and recovered the stolen mobile phone and seized the vehicles used during the drama, he added.