Chennai: Nearly a month after a Pondicherry-based businessman was abducted for Rs 15 lakh ransom, the Madhuranthakam police have arrested the mastermind and his two aides, who had planned the abduction, on Thursday morning.
The arrested were identified as Gnanasekaran (28) of Kotturpuram and his aides Suresh and Murali. According to a police source, the Madhuranthakam police had tried to stop a car on Chennai - Trichy National Highway near Salavakkam on Thursday morning. “But the car fled past the police ensuing a hot chase for 1.5 km. The car was stopped and the trio was arrested. Gnanasekaran was the one who planned the abduction,” the source added.
Already the police have arrested seven persons including Gnanasekaran’s mother and two wives. The police had seized an unlicensed pistol, Rs 2.5 lakh cash and the car. The gang had abducted M. Muthukumar (60) of Pillaiyar Kuppam in Pudhucherry on June 30 near Pakkam when he was going to his home in his car. The gang had stopped his car and abducted him in knifepoint.
They also called Muthukumar’s relative Balachandar and demanded Rs 15 lakh ransom for his release. The family handed over Rs 10 lakh after which the gang abandoned Muthukumar and car in separate locations. Kancheepuram police formed a special team and nabbed the gang.