Ahmedabad – A 33-year-old man from the city’s Nava Naroda area orchestrated his own kidnapping as he was reeling from the post-Covid-19 financial crisis. How he had to close his grocery business in Tanzania and had to settle for a job in a pharmaceutical company in Vatva.
Ravi Pandya, had disappeared on December 27 after he left his home and told his father Naresh Pandya that he was going to link his cell phone number with the Aadhaar card.
As he did not return until late at night and his wife received a message from his cell phone that Ravi had been kidnapped and the sender demanded a ransom of three lakh rupees.
The city’s crime branch took over the investigation and they found that the last location of Ravi’s cell phone was in Shahibaugh, from where buses leave for various cities in Rajasthan.
Police officers from the crime branch through technical surveillance and human intelligence found out that he had gone to Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Delhi and finally Jammu and then returned to Jaipur from where he was captured by police personnel.
Crime branch officials said that Ravi had left for Tanzania in 2011, where he ran his grocery business until June 2021. He suffered financial losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021. He asked his father to lend him some money so that he could return to India.
In June 2021, his father borrowed money and gave it to Ravi, who returned to India. He joined a pharmaceutical company, but since he was earning a nominal salary and was under pressure to repay the loan. Ravi began to think about committing suicide to avoid paying the loan, but then he planned the kidnapping drama and demanded three lakh rupees. However, he did not think about how his family members would get the money, a police officer said.