A Samajwadi Party leader found a unique way of avenging his son's kidnapping -- by abducting the parents of the dacoit responsible for it as 'security'.
According to Hindi daily Patrika, SP leader Santu Singh's son Vijay was kidnapped by wanted dacoit Babli Kol from Tikuaria station on the border between Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Singh and his party were returning to Chitrakoot in UP after attending an event in Satna in MP when the incident took place. At a railway crossing, their SUV had to stop, since the gate was down. When Vijay got out of the car, four gunmen nabbed him and whisked him away. A ransom demand for ₹50 lakh followed in the morning.
In response, Singh allegedly abducted Kol's parents and negotiations between the two parties are on. Patrika also reported that the SP leader has given the dacoit 24 hours to release his son, assuring him that his parents would be returned unhurt once Vijay was sent home. According to a report in Times of India, Singh claims that he has spoken to his son and can confirm that he is unhurt and in good health.
While Singh obviously denied the allegations, TOI quoted him as saying, "I have given 24 hours to everyone — the dacoit, administration and police."
The police, meanwhile, is resolutely denying the kidnapping of the dacoit's family by the SP leader. Satya Sabat, Additional Director General (ADG) of Allahabad zone, told TOI, "We have not been able to verify reports of the abduction the victim's family supposedly did. No direct kin of the bandit lives in UP." He also said they were treating the kidnapping case as a priority and doing everything they can to get Vijay back safely.
PG Yadav, the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Karwi, said, "It (the abduction of the dacoit's parents) is a rumour. We are handling the youth's abduction tactfully and are hopeful that he will be freed by Monday morning," reported TOI.
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