PATNA: A property dealer Ramjanam Bhagat (56), kidnapped from Beur on May 29 for Rs 20 lakh ransom, was rescued by a team of Patna police from Maoist infested jungles in village Sarkanda Khirki under Govindpur police station area in Nawada district on Thursday night.
Patna SSP Manu Maharaaj said three kidnapper including prime accused Rana Pratap Singh (58), a resident of Kauwakol in Gaya district, were arrested during the raid conducted to rescue the victim.
“The two other persons involved in the kidnapping were Alok Kumar of Kharagpur in Jamui and Ravindra Yadav of Asman in Nawada. He said both were in their early 30s.
The SSP said Bhagat, a resident of Makhdumpur under Beur police station area, was called by Rana over phone in lieu of some work.
Maharaaj said Bhagat deals in real estate in Patna, Kolkata, Delhi and some other cities.
“Bhagat was taken to Patna junction from where they went to Kauwakol. The victim was taken to the jungles in Sarkanda Khirki which is a bordering area of Bihar aand Jharkhand,” he said adding the kidnapping took place due to monetary dispute between Bhagat and Rana.
Maharaaj said several calls were made on cellphone of Bhagat’s son Rohit Kumar (22) demanding Rs 20 lakh ransom for his safe release.
He said Rohit lodged an FIR with Beur police station on May 29 after which team was formed to nab culprits.
“Alok and Ravindra were arrested after they were lured to take ransom from Rohit at Govindpur market area. On their indications, Bhagat was rescued and Rana was arrested from the jungle,” he said. Maharaaj said Rana and Ravindra had criminal antecedents.
Meanwhile, police sources said Rana had paid Rs 2.5 lakh to Bhagat, who had assured a Grade-IV job for his son in Patna civil court.
Quoting, Bhagat, police sources said he had paid Rana’s money to one Siddharth. “Bhagat said Siddharth has good connection with a peshkaar at civil court,” sources said.
The entire fourth grade recruitment process was scrapped by Patna high court’s division bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Rajeev Ranjan on April 17 this year due to violation of rules and large scale anomalies.