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Ex-Karnataka Minister Varthur Prakash Abducted, Released On Paying Rs 48 Lakh Ransom

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Bengaluru: Former Karnataka minister Varthur Prakash in a complaint filed in Bellandur police station, claimed that a gang of eight had abducted him along with his driver in connection with land dealings.

He alleged that the gang assaulted both of them and demanded a ransom of Rs 30 crore. He also said he had to pay Rs 48 lakh to secure release.

Prakash said that he was returning to his residence in the city from his farmhouse at Begli Hosahalli in Kolar district on November 25 when he was kidnapped from within Bellandur police station limits.

“We were dumped for three days in an unknown spot. We were attacked and threatened that unless Rs 30 crore is paid, we would not be able to remain safe. Car driver Sunil too was hit” he stated.

The former minister visited Bellandur police station at around 7 pm on Tuesday and filed the complaint, seeking to take action against the kidnappers.

As per reports, Prakash was released by the kidnappers on November 28 and a case of kidnap and assault for ransom has been registered and investigation has been begun.

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