July 4, 2018, 5:55 AM

Dhantoli Police, on Monday, arrested the ex-driver of Haldiram’s owner Rajendra Agrawal, for issuing a death threat and trying to extort Rs 50 lakh from Agrawal. Along with the ex-driver, who has been identified as Shyam Bahadur Singh, the police has also arrested four other men, who as per Singh's instructions had tried to kidnap Agrawal two months back. PSI Anantrao Wadatkar of Dhantoli Police Station, while speaking to Nation Next, informed about the kidnapping attempt and the recent arrest of the accused.

On April 28, 2018, when Rajendra Agrawal and his current driver Kapil Raj Chauhan were at the Shani Mandir in Sitabuldi, they were approached by five men, who wanted to kidnap Agrawal. The kidnappers, however, mistook Chauhan as Agrawal as both of them were wearing shirts of the same colour. As Chauhan was well-built, the kidnappers could not manhandle him and a scene was created on the spot, after which the men fled. Chauhan later filed a complaint with Dhantoli Police.

Then, on June 28, 2018, Singh called Agrawal and asked him whether he had forgotten about the incident, which took place near Shani Mandir. Singh asked Agrawal Rs 50 lakh and threatened to kill him if he failed to give the money. The phone call, came as a boon for Dhantoli Police, who were already trying to nab the five men involved in the kidnapping attempt. The cops swung in action and launched an investigation. Singh, who was the mastermind of the  kidnapping, was traced in Kalamna with the help of the stolen phone, with which he used to threaten Agrawal. During the interrogation, Singh revealed the names of his associates, who were arrested from Rambagh. While the police could nab four of them, one of the accused is still at large. Dhantoli Police has booked Singh and his accomplices under sections 365, 511, 387, 120 (b) of the Indian Penal Code.

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