Rs 1 crore ransom call for Jamui trader

Kidnappers have demanded Rs 1 crore for the release of a businessman from Jamui, Gopal Mandal, 34, the case coming close on the heels of the kidnapping of a Rohtas trader.

By Ramashankar in Patna
  • Published 16.10.17
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Gopal Mandal. Telegraph picture

Patna: Kidnappers have demanded Rs 1 crore for the release of a businessman from Jamui, Gopal Mandal, 34, the case coming close on the heels of the kidnapping of a Rohtas trader.

Gopal was abducted around 7pm on Saturday when he was returning to his ancestral house in Raja Dak village from Jamui town, around 166km southeast of Patna, on his motorcycle.

His bike was recovered from Matiyatek village early on Sunday morning.

The kidnappers demanded Rs 1 crore ransom from Gopal's family on Sunday, police said. The ransom call was made on the mobile phone of the Gopal's brother Shambhu Mandal, said Laxmipur police station house officer Subhash Kumar Singh.

Gopal owns a number of brick kilns in Jamui district. His brother Shambhu, also a businessman, lodged a kidnapping case on Sunday after the ransom call. Gopal was on the radar of kidnappers for years and had survived an attack three years ago, sources close to the family said.

The police suspect the involvement of Tantan Mishra, a gangster who had escaped from judicial custody.

Jamui superintendent of police (SP) Jayant Kant said a special team has been constituted to recover Gopal.

Raids were conducted in Jamui and neighbouring Giridih district in Jharkhand.

SP Jayant said neighbouring districts of Jharkhand have also been put on alert.

"The police have started investigation considering it to be a case of kidnapping for ransom," he told The Telegraph over phone.

"The borders of the district have been sealed and vehicle checking drive has been launched," the SP said, adding that some suspects have been detained for interrogation.

On Wednesday, Dudheshwar Prasad, 55, was kidnapped by SUV-borne criminals from Nasariganj in Rohtas district. His relatives claimed the family has not yet received any ransom call. The family members refused to share more information, saying policehad instructed them not to divulge details. The local unit of the chamber of commerce and industry is gearing up to launch an agitation if Dudheshwar is not recovered soon.

Dudheshwar, a wholesale dealer of edible oil and grocery, was kidnapped when he had gone for a morning walk on Wednesday.

The state recorded of 31 cases of kidnapping for ransom between January and August this year. "Kidnapping gangs are raising their heads again," said Naresh Agrawal, a trader from Muzaffarpur.