Gonda (UP), March 16 (IANS): A man charged with kidnapping and carrying a bounty of Rs 25,000, turned up at a police station in Gonda with a sign hanging around his neck and a message scrawled on it – “I surrender, please please don’t open fire on me”. ‘
Video of the dramatic surrender has gone viral on social media. This is the first such surrender after the Yogi Adityanath government returned to power last week.
Criminal Gautam Singh and two other accomplices are accused of kidnapping a chicken feed trader and demanding a ransom of Rs 20 lakh for his release.
SP, Gonda, Santosh Mishra said that after the March 7 abduction, police launched a manhunt for the accused and arrested two accused, Zubair and Raj Kumar Yadav, but the main accused, Gautam Singh, was on the run.
“We announced a reward of Rs 25,000 for any clues to Singh. And as police raids continued in the district, he and his brother Anil came out of hiding a week later and went to Chhapia thana” , said Mishra.
The gang members, including Gautam, had kidnapped the trader, Sheel Prakash, from his shop and held him hostage in a car for three hours, demanding a ransom of Rs 20 lakh for his release.