Lucknow: An award winning farmer, who was kidnapped few days back, was rescued and his abductors arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) after an encounter in Farrukhabad district on Wednesday.
Narad Singh Kashyap, awarded by President for potato production in 2005, had been kidnapped by four persons on September 14 from Jahanganj area in Farrukhabad. His abductors Rajesh Yadav, Akhilesh, Manoj and Sudesh Yadav had demanded a ransom of Rs 1 crore from his family for his release.
Kashyap was rescued and his abductors were nabbed after an encounter in Karaon village in Kampil area early today morning, IG, STF, Sujeet Pandey told reporters here.
Rajesh, who had 15 criminal cases pending against him, was carrying a reward of Rs 50,000, he said.
The STF team recovered a rifle, country-made pistol and a number of cartridges and fake voter identity card of Rajesh from them.