Bhopal: A Madhya Pradesh BJP leader and his associates were arrested for kidnapping an astrologer and his driver and demanding Rs 1 crore as ransom.

The incident, a major embarrassment for the ruling BJP in the state, was reported on Tuesday (July 21) after the victim Sushil Tiwari's wife Rani received a ransom call. She approached Khandwa police station in Madhya Pradesh. The MP cops then traced the call to Kanpur and informed the Kanpur Police.

A raid at the hideout resulted in the arrest of three people including the BJP leader.

As per reports, accused Satyam Singh Chauhan had contacted the astrologer Tiwari, a resident of Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh and told him about a “miracle box”.  The accused reportedly asked him to visit Kanpur Dehat district to look at it.

The astrologer had come to Nabipur in Kanpur Dehat with his driver Sunil. After confirming their stay at a hotel, the accused hired part-time rowdies, abducted the astrologer and his driver from the hotel. Later calls were made for ransom.

The police say that the abduction plot was hatched by Rohit Singh and the BJP leader had supported transport and goons to kidnap and threaten the astrologer.

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