Meerut: The leading sports goods manufacturer and exporter from this town in Uttar Pradesh, who was abducted late on Tuesday while he was headed home, has been rescued, police said on Wednesday.

Sudhir Mahajan (55), the managing director of M/S BDM Sons (Pvt) Ltd, was found tied to a tree in Khatauli town of Muzaffarnagar district late on Wednesday, a police official said.

Earlier, the abductors had demanded Rs.2 crore from the businessman's family, Deputy Inspector General of Police Zaki Ahmad said. He added that teams were formed to nab the kidnappers. Mahajan was abducted late on Tuesday when he was headed to his Defence Colony residence at the Mawana road in Meerut. He left his factory at the Sports Goods Complex on Delhi road in his car around 8.30 p.m.   

According to police, the manufacturer of BDM cricket kit had stopped briefly to buy some paint boxes from the market. Around 10.30 p.m., the driver stopped the car around 300 metres before Defence Colony to check some noise in the boot space where the paint boxes were kept.

However, when he was heading back to his seat, three kidnappers pounced on him from a nearby bush and forced themselves into the car and held the driver and the businessman at gunpoint, police said.

Around 11.30 p.m., Mahajan's son Siddharth received a text message and a phone call in which the kidnappers demanded Rs.2 crore for releasing his father, according to a police official. The second ransom call was received on Wednesday morning, he said. Police had found the businessman's car abandoned around 30 km away at Pilana on Mawana road in the Phalawda area on Wednesday morning.


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