Abductors prowl as STF men

This force had a special task: hoodwink people with their STF uniform and abduct them for ransom.

Businessmen Amresh Ranjan Sinha and his son Rahul alias Appu were no exception. Last Sunday when a white SUV stopped at their Govind Mitra Road residence, they could not even raise a voice, as they were told to accompany the "STF" personnel for questioning.

Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Amrit Raj said the father-son duo were blindfolded within minutes and taken to an undisclosed destination in the SUV.

Later, Sinha was let off by the alleged abductors but Rahul was not lucky. Sinha's eldest son, Roshan Kumar, received an anonymous call the same day demanding Rs 6 crore as ransom for the safe release of Rahul, Raj said.

Sinha, who is in the film distribution business for long, reported the matter to the Pirbahore police station that registered a case of abduction against unidentified persons. The abductors were found using Rahul's cellphone for making the ransom calls.

The SSP said a special team was constituted under the leadership of Patna City superintendent of police Jayant Kant, which traced the cellphone calls of the six abductors and arrested them from a house at Rajiv Nagar on Thursday.

Rahul was also found at the house of one Sanjay Singh. The police also seized Rs 2.5 lakh in cash ' the payment already made by Sinha's family ' besides seven cellphone handsets from their possession.

The arrested persons were identified as Munna Singh alias Ram Pravesh Singh, Vikas Chandra Srivastava alias Vicky, Shambhu Kumar, Suman Kumar alias Anuj, Sonu Kumar and Suman Kumar.

During interrogation, the criminals told the police that Vikas was also involved in a job racket and was running a private institute by the name of "Gurukul Aim" on Boring Road.

"Sonu was wearing the uniform of the STF commando," a police officer quoted Vikas as saying.

Police said that Vikas is originally from Saran district and currently staying at Kanti Sadan on Boring Road. His accomplice, Munna, is a resident of Buxar district's Lahna village while Shambhu belonged to Jehanabad district.

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