BENGALURU: Alert forest guards in Kanakapura on Sunday helped police rescue a 23-year-old business man who was kid napped for Rs 1 crore ran som from the heart of the city on Saturday morning. Police arrested one of the kidnappers, who claimed they targeted Kuldeep Jain, who supplies electrical items to companies, knowing that he was rich. It’s the second such incident in the city in as many weeks. Like in the previous case, the gang trapped Kuldeep, by getting two men to hit his vehicle, police said.

Minutes after Kuldeep left his home in ETA Gar dens, Cottonpet, a car rammed his two-wheeler on Goodshed Road around 10.30am. During a fight that ensued, four other men in a car joined in pretending to help them arrive at a compromise. They suggested that the issue be resolved at a police station and asked Kuldeep to get in their car. However after travelling a small distance, the gang took out weapons and assaulted him. The gang drove around Majestic area for a while before taking Kuldeep to Tavera forest in Sathanur.

Meanwhile, Kuldeep’s brother Sandeep lodged a missing complaint with KP Agrahara police.

Around 11pm, the family started receiving ransom calls with a demand of Rs 1 crore. The gang made the calls from different places.

While police were try ing to track Kuldeep, elsewhere in Kanakapura, forest guards found a few men in an abandoned shed on Sunday morning.The men claimed they were there to party .

“Sensing something amiss, the forest guards alerted us. When we rushed to the spot, there were about 9-10 men. All of them, except two, ran away. On questioning them, one of them told us he had been kidnapped and brought there. Later, we realized that a case in this regard had been registered in KP Agrahara police,” Sathanur police personnel said.

One of the kidnappers, Saravanan, 24, who has been arrested, is a resident of Magadi Road and told police they targeted Kuldeep knowing he was rich.Police have formed teams to track down the others.

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Source: TOI-BGLR