A 20-year-old man was allegedly kidnapped from Jangli Maharaj Road and kept in confinement at Shivajinagar for more than 24 hours by eight suspects during the Ganesh visarjan procession. The incident, which took place on Thursday morning, came to light on Saturday when the youth returned home after he was left under a bridge by the miscreants.
The victim was identified as Vinayak Sudarshan Vallakatti (20) from Bhavani Peth. One of the offenders has been identified as Yogesh Kadam, a resident of Wadarwadi, and an FIR has been lodged against him and his accomplices by Deccan police.
According to the complaint, Vinayak’s brother Vikas had a dispute with Kadam while dancing in the visarjan procession around 10.30 pm on Wednesday. Kadam was acquainted with Vikas as he too earlier lived in Bhavani Peth. After the squabble between the two, Kadam and his accomplices spotted Vinayak on Jangli Maharaj Road the next morning.
The victim was returning home around 8.30 am after the visarjan procession had got over. The suspects confronted Vinayak on the pretext of seeking Vikas’s mobile number and took Vinayak into a nearby lane. Here, the youngster was brutally beaten up by the accused who then took him to Wadarwadi and kept him confined.
Vinayak was repeatedly thrashed by the offenders and he was also allegedly forced to lick the floor. The victim was also forced to consume liquor and the miscreants threatened to kill him if he informed police about the incident. Later, Vinayak fell unconscious and he was then abandoned under a bridge in Shivajinagar by the gang. Vinayak returned home on Friday night after he gained consciousness. He narrated the entire incident to his family members after which they decided to lodge a complaint with the police.