Mangaluru, Dec 6: Pandeshwara police arrested two accused here on Thursday on charges of kidnapping a youth, assaulting and looting him near Sasihithlu. The arrested have been identified as Gautham and Laivegar.
The victim has been identified as Shimaq Hassan (22) of Falnir in the city. Shimaq is studying BBM in a college in the city. When the victim was having tea with his two of his friends Nashath and Sourav at a stall at Attavara on Dec 5, Shimaq classmate Ankith came in a bike and took Shimaq with him. As Shimaq did not return even after half an hour, his friends called Shimaq. Initially he did not receive the call and when they called him over other phone, the miscreants picked up the call and said that they were taking Shimaq to Moodabidri.
Later, the accused called his friends that they want Rs 50,000 and if not, they would not leave him. Some time later, they threatened that they would kill him. At this time, his friends contacted his family members and prepared to give Rs 25,000. After receiving the amount near KPT, the Miscreants dropped him and fled the scene.
Miscreants have assaulted Shimaq with iron rod and burnt him in cigeratte buts. He was treated at Wenlock hospital. The police have been searching for the remaining accused including Ankith.
Police also seized the swift car used for kidnapping him and iron rods. A case was registered at Pandeshwara police station.
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Thiruvananthapuram: Authorities in coastal areas of Kerala have been put on high alert after an intelligence report said 15 Islamic State terrorists had set off from Sri Lanka for the Lakshadweep islands on boats, police sources said.
Coastal police stations and police chiefs have been alerted about suspicious vessels. The sources said, though, such alerts are "usual practice", this time they have a specific information about the number of terrorists.
The coastal police department said it has been on alert since May 23 after the intelligence input came from Sri Lanka.
"We have been on alert since the Sri Lankan attack. We have alerted fishing vessel owners and others venturing into the sea to be cautious," a coastal police department official told PTI.
After the serial bomb blasts in Sri Lanka, Kerala was put on alert, especially after NIA investigations revealed that IS operatives had planned attacks in the state.