The 68-year-old realtor manages to flee as abductors fall asleep; narrates the tale of his ordeal to the police 

Brave sexagenarian escapes from kidnappers
Brave sexagenarian escapes from kidnappers

Hyderabad: The 68-year-old realtor who was kidnapped on Saturday morning managed to escape from their clutches by the same night. They had allegedly demanded Rs 20 crore as ransom. Out of seven kidnappers, six were speaking Hindi in Bihari slang and took him to an isolated structure in Toopran in Medak district.

According to the victim Ch Anthaiah, on Saturday morning (at about 7.30 am), he was returning home in Chaitanya Nagar in Vanasthalipuram after buying household items from a nearby shop. On his way home, he was intercepted by a man who addressed him as ‘uncle’, pretending to seek some address. However, when Anthaiah reached near a parked car, the man opened the door of the car and pushed him inside, while another man who was inside the car pulled him inside. Both were speaking Hindi in Bihari slang and when the victim tried to escape, they held him tight. Immediately the driver started the car and when Anthaiah started questioning about their behaviour, they blindfolded him. “I raised my voice and felt suffocated, but they persisted and kept me blindfolded. Even when I questioned them, they did not reveal anything,” said the realtor, who earlier served as sarpanch of a village in Nalgonda district.

After taking him to an undisclosed location near Toopran, the Bihari men waited for ‘boss’ to arrive at the place. 

Even as Anthaiah remained blindfolded, a voice familiar to him (in Telugu) said, ‘How are you Mr Anthaiah and how are your properties’. To Anthaiah’s astonishment, he also listed out the locations of his properties, as if the suspect was monitoring the realtor for several years. The suspect later demanded Rs 20 crore as ransom from Anthaiah to free him. However, the realtor offered him to register some of the properties under in his name in the place of money, given the strict provisions post-demonetisation.

Anthaiah remained blindfolded and without water till 5 pm in the evening on Saturday. He was again asked to provide cash, this time Rs 4 crore. Later, after he failed to yield to their demands, he was taken upstairs. “By 9 pm the Biharis who kept an eye on me fell asleep, after having their dinner. Even as they were in sound sleep, I escaped from their clutches and walked more than a kilometre to find the highway. I walked to a nearby hotel and fell unconscious. Later I was helped by the people there who provided some tea and snacks and I reached home by midnight,” he added.

According to sources, the Vanasthalipuram police identified the culprits and took two of them to their custody and also questioned Anthaiah about his dealing with his detractors, particularly about a property issue in Amangal. 

Truck turned turtle; One dead, few injured 
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Man held for rape
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Retired cop’s body found
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Suspicious death of IIIT student 
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Camp making oil from animal carcass raided 
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