July 20, 2017

Ola cab driver kidnaps doctor, asks for ₹ 5 crores as ransom from the cab company

by Neha Monga

A Delhi doctor who was allegedly kidnapped by an Ola cab driver and his associates, was rescued by police on Wednesday after being held hostage for 13 days. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of Rs 5 crores from the cab company Ola after kidnapping the doctor.

The driver procured the permit to drive a cab for Ola by forging the documents and submitting a fake licence, a police investigation revealed. The driver drove the cab for a few months and then planned an abduction along with his associates to make quick money.

Dr. Srikanth Goud, a native of Telengana, who works at a private hospital in east Delhi, booked an Ola cab on July 6 after finishing his evening shift. After Dr. Goud boarded the cab, the driver locked all the doors and took him to Dadri near Noida where the other associates joined them. This is when the kidnappers made the first ransom call to Ola’s call centre demanding a ransom of Rs 5 crores. To avoid the risk of getting traced, they used Dr. Goud’s phone to make the ransom call. Another ransom call was made to the private hospital where Dr. Goud worked. The kidnappers also shot videos of Dr. Goud as a proof and sent it to his family in Telengana and Ola.

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The kidnappers had earlier been tracked down at two locations, Haridwar and Meerut by the teams of Delhi Police and UP’s Special Task Force, but the gang managed to escape the police on both these occasions. On Wednesday, they were tracked again in a village in Meerut. Four suspects were arrested after a brief shootout with police in which 3-4 rounds were fired. The doctor was rescued from the under construction building in UP’s Muzaffarnagar where he was held captive

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