Bulgarian tourist kidnapped by two in Dwarka of Delhi, taken for a walk

NEW DELHI: Two men were arrested for stealing and then kidnapping a Bulgarian tourist from an ATM in Dwarka Mod, in southwest Delhi, a few days ago.

The duo had demanded a ransom of Rs 2 crore for his release. However, the police managed to rescue the victim, Palashev Rodaslav, and arrest the kidnappers late on Saturday.

Both the defendant, Anoop Dagar (36) and Naveen Dagar (29), are members of the Rajesh Bawania gang and belong to the Jharoda Kalan village of southwest Delhi. Anoop is a notorious criminal and land grabber in the area. In 2014, he and his associates had killed a real estate merchant in a land dispute.

At 10.30 p. M. On Thursday, Rodaslav had gone to the ATM to withdraw money with his friend, George, also Bulgarian. The two criminals saw them and entered the ATM. First they stole Rs 1 lakh and then asked Rodaslav to accompany them as they wanted more money. They took Rodaslav while George ran back to his apartment. He did not share the incident with anyone. Around midnight, he received a rescue call from the kidnappers demanding crore Rs 2 for the release of Rodaslav.

Frightened, George opened up to his common friend, Anand, in whose apartment they lived. Anand, a doctor by profession, met them both in Armenia while taking an MBBS course and invited them to India. Rodaslav is a software engineer, while George is a businessman. It is his first visit to India.

“The police were informed around 9.45 on Saturday morning. An FIR was registered at the Mohan Garden police station and a special team was formed under DCP Anto Alphonse, ”said Shalini Singh, joint commissioner (western range).

Police scanned the CCTV images of the ATM to identify the hijackers and the registration number of their vehicle. The kidnappers kept turning off their phones, making it difficult to track them. “On Saturday afternoon, we finally traced them to a place on Najafgarh-Jharoda Kalan Road. We also received a notice that a foreign citizen was seen with two Indian men near Jharoda Kalan in a white car with a Haryana registration number, ”said DCP (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse.

The police team decided to set a trap for the kidnappers at Jhraoda's place where George had been called only to deliver the rescue.

The police were parked in private vehicles and in civilian clothes. However, the kidnappers did not appear, indicating that they had felt the police presence. The police then began scanning nearby roads and financed a white i20 near Gate 2 of the CRPF camp in the area.

When the vehicle was intercepted, the kidnappers opened fire on the police team. The cops also opened fire and crushed the tires of the car. The criminals tried to escape, but the police chased them. There was a confrontation in which three policemen were injured, but they managed to rescue Rodaslav safely. Police found two guns and Rs 1 lakh cash of the accused. An assault FIR was also presented to the police.