Friday, May 12, 2006

Kidnapped BJP worker released by Naxalites after paying ranson

Tumkur landlord freed by abductors
Friday May 12 2006 13:51 IST

TUMKUR: The four-day kidnap drama of Pavagada landlord ended happily.

The abductors released Srirama Reddy, a BJP worker of B.K. Halli village, at midnight on Tuesday. He was freed at Kambadur on the Karnataka-Andhra Pradesh border, sources said. Though fine, he was treated at a hospital in Bangalore for skin allergy contracted in captivity, the family said.

He has been resting at his elder brother Lakshmana Reddy’s house in Bangalore. He was kidnapped on Friday night. The abductors had kept him in several hideouts on the State border. They had demanded a ransom of Rs 5 lakh for his release which was negotiated and brought down to Rs 1.5 lakh.

The abductors were allegedly members of the ‘Suryasena’ group. The outfit is led by former Naxalite Banakota Krishna alias Kista. The 20-member gang is named after Kista’s boss Suryanarayana Reddy, currently in an AP jail in connection with the assassination of TDP MLA Paritala Ravi last year.

The outfit had been collecting money for some months by threatening wealthy people of Pavagada and Penukonda taluks, sources said.

Reddy’s family have thanked the police for carefully handling the issue. The family denied paying any ransom.

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