Three days after a 20-year-old student hailing from Kerala was abducted in Delhi, the police rescued the youth on Sunday.
Abhishek Xaviour Mathew, the son of a Christian pastor Xaviour Mathew based in Bahadurgarh in Haryana, was abducted on Thursday evening. The family hails from Pathanamthitta district in Kerala.
Abhishek, who is a student of Mass Communication and Journalism at JaganNath Institute of Management Sciences (JIMS) in Rohini, Delhi, was abducted on Thursday at around 4pm, while he was on his way back home.
According to reports, his abductors made a call to Abhishek's father Xaviour through the youth's mobile phone and demanded a ransom of Rs 75 lakh. They asked Xaviour to hand over the ransom amount near Asauda and Barahi villages.
Priest Xaviour informed the police about the abduction and crime branch teams were deployed there under Jhajjar SP B Sathish Balan, reports Mandir Saini for The Times of India. Police had been tracking the movements of the abductors using the mobile tower location, reported Manorama.
While two people met the abductors to hand over the ransom, the abductors refused to release Abhishek even after taking the money. This is when the two people raised an alarm, leading to a clash between the abductors and the police team.
In the cross-firing that ensued, one policeman named Ravinder Singh was injured. SO Sathish told the newspaper that they have arrested two abductors and were in the process of interrogating them.
On Sunday evening, a Christian pastor Samuel Memana Thomas took to Facebook to inform that Abhishek had been rescued.
â€œI'm very happy to inform that bro Abhishek son of pastor Xaviour Mathew, who was kidnapped in Delhi, got back safely. Thanks to everyone who prayed and worked in this critical time. May God bless every one. Thanks to everyone," he wrote.
(All photographs from Facebook)