Abducted British couple rescued, nine arrested including 2 Sri Lankans.

Tuesday, 04 June 2013 - 8:12


An abducted British couple was rescued and nine persons, including two Sri Lankans, were arrested for allegedly committing the crime and demanding 300 thousand pounds as ransom.


Chennai Police coordinated with the Scotland Yard, and Serious Organised Crime Agency, United Kingdom, state and central intelligence agencies and rescued the couple from an SUV bound for a house at Mandarakuppam in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu last night.


A gang of people operated from London as well as in the state to coordinate this abduction.


Chennai Police Commissioner said it was a peculiar and complex case, as it involved two different cities in two countries.


Based on a complaint on May 29th that British nationals Thavaraja and his wife Salaja, who landed at the airport from Colombo, were missing, a case was registered.


They were originally from Sri Lanka and had settled down in the UK and obtained citizenship.


The couple had arrived in India to proceed to Tiruchirapalli, where they planned to join a tour operator and visit temples in the state for nine days.


Chennai Police Commissioner said Investigation reveals, Ajanthan, an employee at the supermarket Thavaraja owns in London could be the mastermind behind this and he and his friends in Tamil Nadu including a few Sri Lankans wanted to make quick money by kidnapping the couple on tour.


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