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Mumbai Crime: 36-year-old diamond merchant abducted at gunpoint, stripped and filmed


On Wednesday, a 36-year-old diamond merchant from Surat was abducted at gunpoint in Juhu by a person who the victim refused to give a loan. According to Hindustan Times, the prime accused who has been identified as Satya Shinde — a playing card club owner in Borivali– wanted a loan from the victim, Ravikumar Jayantilal Tummar, but he refused to give a loan. Shinde, with accomplices, then hatched a plan to abduct Tummar. Tummar, who came to Mumbai for a work trip on April 16, had planned to meet two of his friends on Wednesday in a Juhu hotel. During the meeting, Tummar got calls from Shinde, who was waiting for the victim in the hotel lobby.

Tummar told police that Shinde was not alone. With him, was his driver and a friend, Raju Rupam. And, Shinde again asked money from Tummar which he refused. Then, Shinde, looking at his driver, made some gestures, who took out a pistol and handed it to Shinde. Shinde pointed a gun at Tummar’s stomach and forced Tummar into his SUV. Tummar further told police that then Shinde took him to a godown in Kulup Wadi, in Borivali, where Shinde and his accomplices assaulted him.

After this, Tummar agreed to pay Rs 1 crore, but later he was stripped and made to dance for his assailants, who recorded the entire incident. Tummar was told that if he complained against them to police, they will make the video public. Later, Tummar was allowed to leave, and he straight away went to the police and registered an FIR.

The police have registered an FIR under sections 342 (wrongful confinement), 364 (A) (kidnapping for ransom, etc.), 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), 506 (2), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code , and relevant sections of the Arms Act and Information and Technology Act.

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