He told police he had helped her family financially, but they did not return the money and she also left him
A 12-year-old boy was kidnapped by his sister’s ex-husband and his friend from Kanjurmarg on Monday evening. Unit 7 of the Crime Branch managed to arrest both the culprits and find the boy by Tuesday.
Police said the accused wanted to teach a lesson to his former wife, Nikita and her family, so he kidnapped the boy and demanded ransom of Rs 5 lakh from them.
According to the police, the arrested accused have been identified as Prem Koli (25) and his friend Dinesh Shasne (22). Both live in Asalfa area at Ghatkopar East and are unemployed. Koli was married to the boy’s sister but parted ways two years ago.
Police said Koli claimed that he had helped his ex-wife’s family financially, but they didn’t return the money and she also left him. He wanted to take revenge and also make money, so he planned to kidnap her 12-year-old brother.
The boy lives along with his parents and sister in naval colony at Kanjurmarg. Koli called him and said he wanted to give him a new mobile phone. Police said he told him to come with a person whom he was sending.
“As per the conversation Dinesh came and took the boy and kept him in Asalfa at his friend’s place. Later Koli took the boy’s mobile phone and sent a message to his ex-wife from it, demanding R5 lakh and also mentioned that they would kill her brother if they did not pay the ransom,” said DCP MM Dahikar.
The boy’s family registered a kidnapping case with the Park Site police station and also informed Koli about the incident as he had not disclosed his identity in the SMS.
'Pretended to help'
Koli also visited the police station and roamed in the area along with police pretending that he was helping them.
Crime Branch sources said the boy’s step-father who is an alcoholic, was picked up for enquiry. But during investigation police found the location where the SMS was sent from in Ghatkopar and also got Koli’s mobile location in the same vicinity. They suspected Koli and during inquiry he confessed to the crime.
Shasne was also nabbed during investigation. He told police that he left the boy outside Mumbra railway station. Police immediately rushed there and found the boy with the help of local police.
“Koli told police that he wanted to take revenge from his ex-wife and also get back the money which he had given the family earlier,” said Senior Police Inspector Sanjay Surve of Crime Branch unit 7. Both the accused were arrested and handed over to the Park Site police station for further inquiry.