Man fakes own kidnapping to pay for loan

A businessman in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, north India, faked his own kidnapping to collect a Rs500,000 (S$10,500) ransom after he could not pay for a loan for his mini-trucks, reported Malaysia Nanban.

Sumit Bairagi supposedly went missing on March 13, after which a police report was lodged. The next day, his father Arun told police that he had received a phone call from his son's handphone informing him that the man had been kidnapped by communist ­guerilla groups.

Although the original demand was for Rs1mil (RM53,854), the father managed to negotiate for the lower sum which was then deposited by the police into Sumit's account.

When Sumit returned on Sunday afternoon, he claimed that he had been kidnapped by the extremists near the Asaram Bapu crossing in Indore and later taken to jungles near Chattisgarh.

However, police investigations revealed that on the day of the supposed incident, Sumit had been with his friend, who later confessed that the kidnapping had been faked.