CHENNAI: Four out of five persons who kidnapped and threatened a person for complaining against them and getting them imprisoned were arrested on Friday. The accused had come out on bail in a cheating case where they duped about 2, 600 persons using a multi level marketing (MLM) scheme.
According to police, Ganapathy, the complainant, was kidnapped on April 29 by Mohanraj (36), his brother-in-law Purushottaman, Durairaj (37), Manikandan (22) and Sikkandar Basha (25). Ganapathy lodged a complaint the following day with the Chennai suburban police commissioner S R Jangid. Four of them were arrested on Friday; Purushottaman is absconding.
Ganapathy had lodged a complaint in March against a company that was cheating people of money, using an MLM scheme. During investigations, it was found that the company in Ekkaduthangal named Tranz India Corporation had cheated more than 2, 600 persons after promising them high financial returns.
Tranz India Corporation used two simple methods to lure people pasting posters on trains assuring high returns on small investments and SMSing similar messages. A year ago, Durairaj, the chief executive of the company, and Manikandan and Sikkanathar Basha, managers, used these methods to announce an easy way of earning Rs 12, 000 by investing Rs 4, 000. Most of the persons who called to inquire were unemployed youngsters. They were asked to assemble in a marriage hall in Tambaram. Durairaj brainwashed them into believing that they would earn Rs 18, 000 every week by investing Rs 4, 000.
Those who enrolled were given an electronic equipment worth Rs 700 and medical insurance worth Rs 300. The company retained the rest of the money. "Each of the members were then asked to enroll two persons. Those who could enroll 350 persons were told they would be sent on a foreign tour, for enrolling 550 people, a Mercedes Benz was promised. They repeated the exercise in the Red Hills area 25 days ago, " said M Gunasekharan, assistant police commissioner, central crime branch of the city police.
Those who did not get any returns despite paying Rs 4, 000 complained that they suspected foul play and the main complainant was Ganapathy. Durairaj, Manikandan, Basha were arrested and remanded in custody. Mohanraj had taken anticipatory bail.
"Durairaj, Manikandan and Basha also came out on bail. On April 29, they went to the respective police stations and signed. They then went near Kathipara and abducted Ganapathy. He was taken to an unidentified place in the city and threatened. They wanted him to withdraw the complaint against them, " he said.