Minister’s kidnapped son surfaces in ChennaiFebruary 27th, 2008 - 9:52 pm ICT by admin
Hyderabad, Feb 27 (IANS) The alleged kidnapping of union minister Dasari Narayan Rao’s son Wednesday took a dramatic turn when he emerged in Chennai and alleged that his wife got him kidnapped. Taraka Hari Hara Prabhu, 35, told a television channel in Chennai that he escaped from the clutches of the kidnappers and reached the Tamil Nadu capital by bus.
Hari, son of Union minister of state for coal and famous Telugu film Producer Narayan Rao, was kidnapped by some unidentified people Tuesday evening from a hotel in Chittoor, about 600 km from here.
His wife, Susheela, lodged a complaint with the police, around two hours after the incident. She even hinted that her in-laws could be behind the kidnapping as they wanted their son to divorce her.
Prabhu, however, alleged that Sushila got him kidnapped for his property. Giving a clean chit to his parents, he said they had nothing to with the kidnapping.
He claimed that the kidnappers took his signatures on some plain papers.
“It was a totally stage-managed show by my wife and her relatives. Six rowdies took me away from Chittoor on Tuesday. I was kept in an air-conditioned room, plied with liquor and forced to sign several blank papers to get at my property,” Prabhu said.
“During a weak moment of my captors I managed to escape,” he said, adding that he escaped from that undisclosed place to reach Chennai.
Alleging that Susheela was more interested in his property, Prabhu said he would file a divorce petition.
Meanwhile, Susheela told newsmen in Chittoor that her husband was making the allegations under pressure. She said it was part of a conspiracy. She challenged him to make public the details of the kidnapping incident.
In her complaint with the police, Susheela alleged that the kidnappers also snatched her gold ornaments and money.
The police questioned one of the six kidnappers, who was overpowered by some people who were present at the spot.
Prabhu was kidnapped hours after the couple filed a petition in a Chittoor court, expressing their desire to live together. They had earlier filed a petition for divorce.
Susheela, 30, last year complained that her in-laws were harassing her for dowry and alleged that the police were not acting on her complaint as her father-in-law was a central minister.
She also alleged that her in-laws were unhappy with their love marriage and were trying to get Prabhu married off to another girl.
The police said Susheela did not name any suspect in her complaint.
Earlier, talking to newspersons, she appealed to her father-in-law to take immediate steps to rescue her husband.
“The son of a central minister has been kidnapped but no serious effort is being made to trace him,” she had earlier said, and alleged that the police were not acting on her complaint quickly.
The couple with their son had reached Chittoor from Hyderabad two days ago to call on Susheela’s relatives.