The recent increase in crime — kidnapping in particular — has triggered a razor-sharp analysis of past records. And the growing numbers continue to surprise. Many incidents are not even registered by the affected parties as they usually prefer a direct settlement with heir predators. What motivates some outfit to kidnap? The cases may differ from one to other. Primarily it is for ransom, influenced by some political elements, ambitions or some demands being made of through barter system i.e. the hostages could be released in exchange with. Terrorists and criminals both use kidnapping as a tactic to achieve their goal. In total, kidnapping has become more of an industry now. Here we dig some past crime reports and glance through a few cases of kidnapping, which were amply highlighted by the media and caught public attention.
A seven-year-old boy Rahul, went missing from Alappuzha in Kerala since May 18, 2005. Though the local police were investigating the case, they did not find any clue. The case was then transferred to the country’s premier agency, Central Bureau of Investigation and is still under investigation.
Santosh Mandal, Rupauli JD (U) MLA Bima Bharti’s Personal Secretary was kidnapped from Akbarpur, Purnia on 23rd April, 2013. Later, the MLA accused her estranged husband Awdhesh Mandal of kidnapping her aide. Policed later confirmed the death of Mandal.
The extremists of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) kidnapped Alex Paul Menon, the District Magistrate of Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-troubled Sukma District on 21st April, 2012. The unfortunate incident happened when Mr. Menon, a 2006 batch IAS was returning from a village meeting. His vehicle along with the rest of staff vehicles were stopped by a dozen Maoists at Manjipara village on National Highway 221. Before abducting him, the naxals gunned down the two guards who with were with Alex Menon.
The two engineers, National Hydel Power Corporation, K. K. Singh and T. Mandal, had been abducted from Vaishali district on November 19, 2004. Singh was later rescued. The Lok Janshakti Party MP Suraj Singh alias Suraj Bhan was said to be involved behind the kidnapping.
Adobe India CEO Naresh Gupta’s son Anant was kidnapped on November 13, 2006 while he was on his way to the school bus. As per records, the kidnappers were riding a motorbike and the one who’s riding as pillion, took away the child from the maid on that fateful morning of November 13, 2006. After five days, he was brought home by an auto driver. All accused have been proven guilty, and have got life imprisonment and now serving in the jail.
Kannada film actor and singer, Rajkumar aka Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju was kidnapped from his residence at Gajanur in Tamil Nadu on 30 July 2000, along with his son-in-law Govindaraju and two other associates. He was safely released s on 15 November 2000, after 108 days of captivity.
The kidnapping of Rubaiya Sayeed was strategized by members of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, on 8 December 1989 in Jammu and Kashmir. Rubaiya was the daughter of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the then Home minister of India in the V. P. Singh regime. The kidnappers demanded the release of five of their comrades; the government facilitated their demands and freed the captivated terrorists.
Four foreign tourists were kidnapped by Kashmiriseparatists on October 20, 1994 in New Delhi. A violent insurgency had been going on in Jammu and Kashmir since 1989. Three among the abducted ones, Paul Benjamin Ridout, Christopher Myles Croston and Rhys Partridge were British, while the fourth, Béla Nuss, was an American from San Francisco, California.
In one of the most infamous kidnapping cases, Geeta and Sanjay Chopra, two young siblings from Delhi were kidnapped on 26 August, 1978. When the kidnappers learnt that their father was an Indian Navy officer, they murdered both children. Both kidnappers were caught and handed capital punishment.