Muhammad Ashraf with police officers who came to record his statement | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thamarassery: “I’m a person who has never been in any dispute with anyone. I never expected to face such a bad experience like this, not even in my wildest dreams,” said Muhammad Ashraf (55), a businessman who was abducted by a gang of hired assailants, three days ago.
“The timely intervention of the police is what saved my life. I was on my way home when a Tata Sumo, carrying a gang of people, stopped in front of me. They abducted me, covered my eyes and snatched my purse.
After half an hour, they stopped the vehicle and shifted me to a Thar jeep. By around 5 am, the next day, I was in a concrete house. They locked me inside a room with an attached bathroom.
Food and drinking water were brought to my room. There were two men on guard outside the room. After two days, they blindfolded me again and took me to another car.
After travelling for hours, they gave me Rs 1,400 and dropped me off somewhere near the Thiruvananthapuram-Kollam border. From there, I took an auto to Kallambalam, boarded a bus and went home,” he said.
Ashraf, who returned home after being held captive for 60 hours, was subjected to a medical check-up at Thamarassery Taluk hospital. Following which, the probe team took his detailed statement.
According to police, a gold smuggling gang had plotted the kidnapping over some financial disputes.