Chennai: Three men were arrested here on Monday for allegedly threatening to kidnap popular Tamil film music composer Harris Jayaraj, police said.
Hours after a complaint was lodged by Jayaraj`s wife Suma that the accused threatened over phone that her husband would be kidnapped if the family did not pay Rs 20 lakh, police nabbed the three and seized a car used by them.
After surveillance and tracking phone calls, police arrested S Thirumalai, who had worked as a car driver with Jayaraj`s father for a month, and his friends M Arunachala Panidan and K Muthukrishnan.
Investigations revealed that Thirumalai was the alleged brain behind the conspiracy who took the help of his friends to threaten the music director`s family.
The trio, in the age group of 25-32, allegedly demanded Rs 20 lakh and an immediate payment of Rs10 lakh to ensure that the music composer was not kidnapped.
Jayaraj has composed music for many Tamil movies including Madhavan starrer "Minnale," "Unnale Unnale," and "Vaaranam Aayiram."