The kidnapping and its investigation uncovered a scam – bizarre cases of accused and victim switching roles have taken place over the past three days across Meerut and Noida, culminating in the arrest of both.
Following the arrest of a man on charges of robbery and kidnapping, police found that the abducted businessman had a case of fraud against him and the complainant was none other than the man accused of kidnapping him.
Businessman Amit Kumar was abducted Thursday night in the Kasna area of Greater Noida. The three accused allegedly stopped his car at a roundabout, beat him and his driver Kundan as well as fired warning shots. They then sped off with Kumar.
Following Kumar’s driver’s complaint, police raided several locations, arrested key accused Parwinder Tevatiya and recovered the car as well as the pistol used in the crime.
As they dug deeper, police found Kumar had a Rs 2.50 crore fraud case against him at a police station in Meerut. He allegedly deceived the public by claiming he had contacts in the Home Minister and he could get them government jobs.
According to senior police officer Vishal Pandey, Kumar had previously helped Tewatiya in land -related issues by threatening an officer with allegations of having ties to him in the ministry.
Afterwards, the businessman told Tewatiya that he could get people hired in government posts. Convinced, Tewatiya dismissed the case of her daughter and several others and gave about Rs 2.50 crore to Kumar to complete the task, police said.
After a year passed and no one got the promised job, Tewatiya lodged a police complaint but no action was followed.
Police said Tewatiya then obtained a GPS system installed on Kumar’s car, followed him and kidnapped him. Tewatiya had told the police that he was arrested while he was taking Kumar to the Meerut police station who made a case against him.
Meerut police have now detained Kumar in custody. Tewatiya is in Noida police custody in a kidnapping case.