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Tempo driver abducted for ransom rescued; nine arrested


Palghar (Maha): A tempo driver was allegedly abducted by nine persons near here for a ransom of Rs 10 lakh but was later rescued by police.

The incident took place yesterday when the miscreants, who posed as policemen and scribes intercepted a pan-masala laden tempo which was proceeding to Vasai near Chillar Phata on Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway and held driver Maqsud Khan captive, Police Sub Inspector (PSI) R A Bhore of Manor police station told today.

The abductors, all aged between 30-40 demanded a ransom of Rs 10 lakh from the owner of the tempo for releasing the driver and threatened him of dire consequences on failing to pay up, he said.

The driver was rescued last evening after the owner approached the police. Also the nine accused, all residents of Tarapur and Boisar were arrested, the PSI said.

A case under sections 341, 385, 170, 323, 506 of IPC has been registered.

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