PUNE: A 21-year-old Bavdhan resident was rescued within 24 hours of being abducted by four men posing as policemen on Wednesday night from a food joint at Warje along the Katraj-Dehu Road bypass.

The abductors had demanded Rs20 lakh from the youth’s father, who works in a private organization, to release him. A Pimpri Chinchwad police team traced the youth to a secluded spot near Mulshi dam on Thursday night.

The four men took advantage of the dark and escaped.

The probe revealed that the suspects forced the youth to withdraw Rs20,000 from his account before making the calling his father.

Yashwant Gawari, the senior inspector of Hinjewadi police station, said the youth is pursuing computer engineering from a private college and is also working.

On Wednesday night, the youth went to meet his friends. His parents were worried when it started getting worried when it was nearing midnight and he still hadn’t returned. “Around 1am, the youth’s father received a call from his son’s cellphone. An unidentified person spoke to the father telling him they had kidnapped his son. They demanded Rs20 lakh to release him,” Gawari said.

The caller also threatened to kill his son if they didn’t receive the money. “He said he would call again to tell him where to keep the money,” he said. The father, terrified, lodged a complaint with the Hinjewadi police. As the first few calls were made from the Bavdhan area, the police suspected the youth was abducted from there.

Quick action

The teams of the crime branch and detection branches of various police stations began the probe. “The deputy commissioner Vinayak Dhakane and assistant commissioners Shridhar Jadhav and Satish Patil were monitoring the investigations,” Gawari said.

The police teams were working on different leads and also collecting information through technical investigation. “During the day, the callers made at least four calls to the youth’s father. They were constantly changing places,” the officer said.

On Thursday late at night, the police got information that the abductors and the youth were in the Mulshi area. “We fanned several teams and reached the spot from two directions. We climbed a hillock in the dark with one team for around an hour, after which we reached the spot. The abductors had fled, leaving the youth,” Gawari said.

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