Peddapalli: A debit card helped the police in Peddapalli to track down and arrest a seven-member gang that had kidnapped a brick kiln owner on November 25. The police got the vehicle numbers and pictures of the kidnappers when they used the victim’s debit card to withdraw money and to fill fuel in their vehicles.
Nalluri Saddaiah, who runs a brick kiln unit at Goureddypet, Peddapalli mandal, was kidnapped by the gang when he was returning to his Shantinagar residence in the town at around 10.30 pm. They stopped his motorcycle in the middle of the road and forced him into their vehicle.
Besides snatching away Rs 56,000, gold ring, SBI ATM card from Siddaiah, they called up his wife and demanded a ransom of Rs 8 lakh. After they were paid the amount, they left Siddaiah at his residence around 1.30 am and fled from the spot.
While fleeing, the gang members also took the pin number of the debit card and used it to draw money multiple times and to fill fuel in the two vehicles they used for the kidnap. Whenever they withdrew money from an ATM, Siddaiah got bank alerts on his mobile phone giving details of transaction including the address of ATM machine location. They withdrew money at Thorrur, Suryapet, Kodada, and Uppal in Hyderabad.
Based on the bank alerts, police got in touch with their Suryapet counterparts and got the vehicle numbers and photos of the accused, V Satyanarayana, Commissioner of Police, Ramagundam said, while producing the kidnappers before media persons at Peddapalli on Tuesday.
They formed seven teams under the supervision of Peddapalli DCP P Ravinder and ACP Habib Khan. A team was also sent to Goa to detain two accused who fled there.
Gunda Rajini, Gaddam Praveen Kumar, residents of Goureddypet, Peddapalli mandal, his brother Ramesh, Kiriti, Munna, and car driver Shaik Baba were arrested. Another accused Shakeel, a native of Hanamkonda is absconding.
Rajini came to know that Siddaiah had crores of rupees through her uncle Velpula Thirupathi, who works in the victim’s brick kiln unit. Rajini and Praveen, who were in debts, hatched the entire kidnap plan.
Police seized Rs 5.98 lakh cash, three knives, five monkey caps, two cars and two number plates of other vehicles from them.