New Delhi, India : A 29-year-old Nigerian man, allegedly abducted on Thursday over some business dispute, was rescued and three Nigerians were arrested, in East Delhi, for his abduction, the police said today. When James Grant went missing on Thursday and did not respond to the calls made to his phone, his wife, Ruchira Chakravarti, from West Bengal, feared the worst. She was, therefore, relieved to receive a call from his number on Friday morning. But the call was from someone else demanding Rs 25 lakh for the release of her husband.
“I was extremely scared and confused and did not know what to do, so I informed my parents,” said Chakravarti on Saturday. “They advised me to approach the police and let them handle the situation. They feared that the people who had abducted James could trap me too if I went to deliver the ransom.”
Accordingly, Chakravarti contacted the Mandawali police station around Friday noon. She told them that the caller had directed her to bring Rs 25 lakh to an abandoned plot in Mandawali after which Grant, a Nigerian, would be released unharmed.
Deputy Commissioner (East) Omvir Singh said that Shobhit Saksena, ACP of Mayur Vihar, was chosen to lead the investigations.
The cops asked the woman not to panic but to keep the channel of communication with the abductors open. Then, as instructed by police, she reached the designated spot with the money. In the meanwhile, policemen in plainclothes had already reached the area and were loitering around.
When Chakravarti approached the trio of abductors to hand over the ransom, the police team jumped into action and nabbed the men, who attempted vainly to escape. Grant was later found in a dingy room, where he had been tied to a wooden chair.
Police said that the main accused was identified as Kenneth Uchenna (39), who had known Grant for over a month. He had called his victim to Mandawali promising a business deal. Two of Uchenna’s accomplices were identified as Cliff Osa (25) and Okwudiri Solomon (40). All three men are Nigerians.
The police said that during the interrogation, Uchanna told that there was a business dispute with Grant and he had to pay the loan He was abducted for pressure on his wife. They said that the accused do not have valid passport and visa.