Three arrested for abduction, ransom demand in Odisha

Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, July 22:

The Commissionerate Police in Odisha today arrested and forwarded three persons for their alleged role in abducting one Somesh Panda of Sundari village in Balasore district and demanding a ransom of Rs 5 lakh for his release.

The accused were identified as Duryadhan Nayak (32) of Jambeswar Patna village under Lingaraj police limits, Biswajit Pattnaik (26) alias Taba of Bhimatangi under Airfield police limits, Narayan Mallick (19) of Punama Gate under Lingaraj police limits in the state capital.

According to the twin city Commissioner of Police Dr R P Sharma, Somesh, who was staying at Hotel Jannat Palace in Bapuji Nagar in the city, was abducted by five assailants on July 20 while he was walking out of the hotel. The accused had come in a black Maruti Swift car bearing registration number- OR-02-BX-0929, he added.

Following information the Quick Action Team of the Commissionerate police swung into action and succeeded in rescuing the victim and nabbing three abductors.

During interrogation, the criminal have revealed that they abducted the victim and took him to a forest area near Aryan college at Jamukoli and later to other places. During this period the accused had demanded Rs 5 lakh from the associates of the victim for his release, Dr Sharma said.

On Monday night while the culprits were shifting the victim to a new hideout near the Punama Gate, three of them were caught by the police team while  two others managed to escape.

Later the victim was rescued in an injured state and shifted to Capital hospital here.

“We have slapped charges against the abductors under section 363, 364 (A) and 395 of IPC ,” the CP further said, adding investigation is on to nab the other persons involved in the crime.

The police also seized 5 mobile phones and four iron rods from the accused.

Police said Duryodhan, a hard-core criminal, has as many as 13 cases including Arms Act pending against him at various police stations in the city.

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