Mangalore, July 19: Four persons have been arrested by the Kadri police for kidnapping a building contractor and demanding money from him.
The arrested are Harish Tolar (37) of Kundapur, Nagesh (27) of Manila near Vittal, Roshan (28) and John Fernandes (26) from Udupi.
Sources said that the kidnappers forced contractor Dhananjay Mijar into a car at Navabharat circle, Kodialbail on July 14. He was then taken to a hotel in Kadri, where the kidnappers demanded money and threatened him by flaunting swords. Thereafter, they fled the spot in a Pajero car.
A complaint was filed by Dhananjay with Kadri police. A team led by inspector T.D. Nagaraj began investigations, and on Thursday July 17, it was learnt that the accused were planning to escape to Bangalore. The police team swung into action and intercepted them at Bantwal.
It is learnt that Harish and Nagesh are the main accused in the kidnapping of Dhananjay Mijar, and that John Roshan had assisted them. Police booked Nagesh and Harish on charges of kidnapping, threatening, attempting to loot, assaulting and possessing weapons illegally. Roshan and John were booked under the Arms Act.