The Magadi police in Bengaluru nabbed a Kannada film director on Saturday for allegedly abducting the owner of an advertising agency.
Madan, the director of the recently released film Eradu Kanasu, was taken into custody, along with four of his accomplices. According to the Magadi police, 29-year-old Parmesh, the owner of an advertising agency based in Bengaluru was abducted on Wednesday by Madan's accomplices.
According to the police, Parmesh had been kept in a farmhouse in the outskirts of the city until the police rescued him on Saturday.
Anucheth, DCP West told The Hindu that an argument regarding the promotion of Madan's film had led Parmesh's abduction.
Madan had paid Rs 16.3 lakh to Parmesh's ad agency to promote his film Eradu Kanasu. However, after the film tanked at the box office, Madan was upset with Parmesh and accused him of not promoting the film enough.
Police say that Madan then demanded that Parmesh pay him back Rs 8 lakh. But when Parmesh began to avoid Madan, the latter decided to abduct him. After managing to do so, he even demanded ransom from Parmesh's family, who in turn filed a police complaint.
Magadi Sub-Inspector said that the arrest of Madan and four of his accomplices- Chalapathy, Kiran, Murthy and Mohan will be recorded soon.