Chennai: A 36-year-old man was arrested for allegedly faking the abduction of his two minor sons in a bid to extort money from his father to repay loans, City police said on Friday.
Kiran Kumar was arrested along with two of his accomplices for staging a kidnap drama of his sons, aged 11 and 8, they said.
The children were allegedly ‘kidnapped’ on Thursday following which Kumar received a call for Rs 30 lakh as ransom, police said in a release, adding, a special team was constituted based on a complaint by the accused and his relative.
However, investigations revealed that the kidnap was a ‘drama’, police said, adding that one Rabi was held based on call records received on Kumar’s phone.
Rabi told the police that Kumar had planned the kidnap with three others identified as Asif Ansari, Rixon, an inmate of the Puzhal camp for Sri Lankan refugees and Ilango.
Kumar planned to extort money from his Bengaluru-based father faking the kidnap, police said.
The children, who were with Ilango and Rixon in a car as part of the ‘fake abduction’, were dropped by the two at Red Hills from where they were rescued by the special police team, they said.
A search is on to nab the absconding Rixon and Ilango, they said.