Ranchi, Dec. 18: A group of armed criminals abducted two brothers from their home after targeting their older sibling yesterday night at Chiri Barwatoli in Kuru police station area of Lohardaga district.
The kidnappers have demanded a ransom of Rs 5 lakh from the victims’ family for their safe release, police said.
The duo’s father, Mahli Lakra, is a herbal medicine practitioner who is said to have been receiving threatening calls in the recent past demanding money.
The callers often warned him of dire consequences if he did not pay up.
Around 8.30pm yesterday, seven to eight persons carrying firearms and other weapons came to his house and enquired about his whereabouts.
When the family members informed that he was not there, they started demanding money.
“After realising that neither Lakra was present nor were likely to get any money, they first took away his elder son Manoj, aged around 25. But, after sometime they returned with Manoj and took away his younger brothers, Anup and Anwal instead. While Anup is about 21 years old, Anwal is around 18,” officer in charge of Kuru police station Patras Nag told The Telegraph.
Lohardaga superintendent of police (SP) Jeetendra Kumar Singh, however, ruled out the possibility of involvement of rebel outfits, adding that it appeared to be the handiwork of a criminal gang.
“The case is being probed from various angles. Since the miscreants had also demanded Rs 5 lakh when they came looking for Mahli, we presume that the kidnappings have been done for ransom,” the SP added.