GUNTUR: The kidnapping for love and gain cases are increasing in Guntur district, which is worrying the public.
According to records, nearly 300 kidnapping cases were registered in Guntur in which majority of the cases related to love and financial gain. A stalker M. Krishnaiah seeking marriage with a girl kidnapped her younger brother Solomon Babu, 6, murdered him and later committed suicide. The public are worried over the increase of kidnap incidents and seeking stern action to restrain the kidnap cases.
On March 12, sub-inspector Jaganmohan Rao tried to kidnap a minor girl at Repalle seeking to marry her but the locals foiled the bid. Further on March 14, a gang led by woman G. Supriya kidnapped an astrologer and collected Rs 5 lakh from the victim at Guntur.
On April 18, Class VI student Y. Yadithya Raju was kidnapped while he was going for tuition but the kidnappers murdered the boy despite the boy’s parents paying Rs 2 lakh ransom . On April 19, stalker Krishnaiah kidnapped Solomon Babu and on the same day, a financier M. Kondalu kidnapped borrower K. Venkat Rao.
The cases of kidnap and missing of girls were frequently being registered in Guntur, Chilakalu-ripeta, Narasaraopeta, Gurazala, Vinukonda and other areas of the district. A senior official said that earlier lover boys used to kidnap or elope with their girlfriend and after getting married in a temple, used to come to the police station seeking protection.
Further, the boys used to remain calm if their girlfriend refused to marry them but now the condition has changed. The lover boys are trying to harass girls by kidnapping blood relatives which should be stopped.
Parents J. Madanmohan and others of Arundelpeta said that earlier they used to allow their children to go to nearby parks for playing but now they are not sending them out of fear of growing kidnap cases. They said that parents of caretakers are accompanying the children for protection. They sought swift action from the police department during kidnap incidents and stern punishment to kidnappers to stop the menace.
Meanwhile, the police department led by Guntur urban superintendent of police Sarvasreshth Tripathi conducted a review meeting on Friday and directed the officials to react swiftly on the complaints.