Belagavi: Three kidnappers, including a woman, who had sought the blessings of Lord Balaji at Tirupati and Udupi's Lord Krishna for their mission's success, landed in the police net for kidnapping a 23-year- old engineering student in Belagavi.
On the night of April 17, Arpita Govind Nayak, a student of Gogte Institute of Technology, enjoyed her biryani at the city's favourite joint along with her close friend Divya Malaghan and two more persons, Kedar Hanumanth Rao Patil and Sumeeth alias Babloo. Arpita, a native of Dharwad, had brushed aside her mother's advice not to venture out at night to tickle her tastebuds. After the dinner, Arpita woke up dizzy and found herself at an unknown place instead of her house, Bella Vista Apartment. She had been kidnapped by her close friend and others.
The trio had treated her with tender coconut laced with sleeping pills and taken to Gadag, where she was locked up in the house of Sumeet. When her daughter did not take her calls, Arpita's mother panicked initially but thought that she might be sleeping or busy studying.
Arpita called her mother when she woke up and informed her that she has been kidnapped. Kedari, one of the kidnappers, snatched the phone and informed Arpita's mother that he had kidnapped Arpita, and that he was an associate of Pakistan based gangster Dawood Ibrahim.
The victim's father, Govind Nayak, rushed to Belagavi and lodged a complaint with the Tilakawadi police station on evening. The police swung into action, forming four teams and arrested the trio in Gadag.
Further investigation revealed several interesting aspects, "The accused had planned to demand a huge ransom of Rs five crores from Arpita's father Govind Nayak, who was an engineer in a Public Works Department, (PWD). They had planned this very meticulously and would have had succeeded if Arpita hadn't told her mother that she was going out with her friend Divya for dinner," said Radhika, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Law and Order.
The interrogation revealed that the accused were 'religious' and had vowed to donate a sum of Rs 70 lakhs at Tirupati. They had even sought the blessings of Lord Krishna of Udupi, saying that they will donate two cows if they succeeded in their effort.
According to the police, Kedar had visited Tirupati about five times seeking the blessings of the god for a successful operation. He even sought an assistance of a black magician and paid him a sum of Rs 5000 every time he met him. The accused said that they w
ere tempted to kidnap Arpita as she repeatedly boasted of father's bureaucratic connections.