West Bengal: Posters demand ransom, threaten to abduct school students

Posters put up at the gates of a school at Englishbazar here demanding ransom and threatening abduction of students in case of failure to pay it has created panic in the minds of the people.

Ransom may have been paid for Father Alexis' release: Congress' Manish Tewari

Congress leader Manish Tewari on Thursday suggested that ransom may have been paid for the release of Jesuit priest Father Alexis Prem Kumar Ananthaswamy in Afghanistan, latching to reported comments of his family regarding it.

Abducted child rescued, two held

A five-year-old boy kidnapped from the city for ransom was on Thursday rescued by police and his abductors were arrested, police said.

Italian hostage release raises questions over ransom

Italian politicians welcomed the liberation of two Italian aid volunteers held hostage in Syria but their release drew criticism over a possible ransom payment.

Abductors of 11 non-tribals reduce ransom amount in Mizoram

The abductors of 11 non-tribals in Mizoram have reduced their earlier ransom amount from Rs 30 lakh to Rs 11 lakh, police officials said here on Tuesday.

Islamic State demands for US hostage cannot be met, parents say

The parents of an American hostage threatened with beheading by Islamic State militants said in an interview with "CBS This Morning" on Monday that they are unable to meet the financial and other demands of their son`s captors.

Turkish president says no ransom paid for release of hostages held by IS

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that no ransom was paid for the release of Turkish hostages held by Islamic State in Iraq and that it was a result of diplomatic and political negotiation.

Foley family says was 'threatened' by US official over ransom: Report

The family of murdered American journalist James Foley says it was threatened by a US official who warned that family members could be charged with supporting terrorism if they paid a ransom to his Islamist captors, ABC News reported on Friday.

Americans oppose paying ransom for hostages

Just 21 percent of respondents said they disagreed with that policy in the online poll conducted from Aug. 12-25. A sample of 4,685 Americans aged 18 and over were interviewed in the survey.

Minor boy abducted and killed for ransom in Assam

A 12-year old boy was abducted and killed for ransom by a man at Changsari in Kamrup (Rural) district, police said on Monday.

European ransoms now al Qaeda`s major funding

Al Qaeda is increasingly funding terror operations thanks to at least USD 125 million in ransom paid since 2008, largely by European governments to free western hostages, according to a media report.

Gawli gang member arrested for demanding ransom

A 38-year-old man, said to be a member of the Arun Gawli gang, has been arrested by the anti-extortion cell of Thane crime branch for allegedly demanding a ransom of Rs five lakh from a Dombivali-based hotel-owner, police said.

Family of kidnapped techie in Sudan ready to pay ransom

The family members of a 32-year-old techie Irfan Jaffrey, who was kidnapped 3 months back by gunmen at Darfur in Sudan, today said they are feeling abandoned in this crisis and are ready to pay ransom demanded by the abductors.

Youth fakes kidnapping to repay loan with ransom money

A 24-year-old youth, who allegedly faked his kidnapping with the help of a smartphone application to repay his loan, has been arrested along with his accomplice, police said on Monday.

Son`s kidnappers do not want ransom: former Pakistan PM

 Former Pakistan prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that his son Ali Haider`s kidnappers have never asked for a ransom as they were only interested in securing release of some Taliban prisoners, media reported Monday.

Pakistan official kidnapped by Taliban released after paying ransom

A senior Pakistani official kidnapped by the Taliban in January was released after paying a hefty ransom of Rs 50 million.

TV serial motivates students to kill schoolmate, demand ransom

Five students allegedly kidnapped a junior schoolmate in Malda district, murdered him and then demanded ransom from the victim`s father -- all after watching a tv serial, the police said on Friday.

UN Security Council says no to ransom to terrorists

The UN Security Council Monday adopted a resolution calling on all countries not to pay ransom to terrorists in incidents of kidnapping and hostage-taking, Xinhua reported.

Britain urges UN to end paying ransom to terrorists

Britain is urging the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution calling on all countries not to pay ransom to kidnappers who use the money to finance terrorist groups.

CISF cop held for kidnapping gambler for ransom

A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) constable, under suspension for allegedly kidnapping a gambler, was arrested by police along with three others, official sources said today.