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India's 5 most high-profile kidnapping cases

Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed then the Home minister of India in the V. P. Singh regime was kidnapped by members of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front on 8 December 1989 in Jammu and Kashmir. The kidnappers demanded the release of five of their terrorists in exchange for Rubaiya’s release. She was then a 23 and was working at Lal Ded Memorial Women’s Hospital when she was abducted. The Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah did not want to capitulate. Photo – Getty

India's 5 most high-profile kidnapping cases

The increasing rate of kidnappings in India has become a major socio-criminal issue. Ransom, invariably, is the prime motive for such a crime, and thus the abductors target high networth individuals, rich politicians and industrialists.

Kidnapping has thus acquired the status of a highly profitable business activity, turning into a mini-industry of sorts.

The latest the case of ULFA militants kidnapping the son of a Bharatiya Janata Party leader in Assam has caught both media and public attention. Here is quick glimpse at some other high-profile cases of abduction in India:

(Inputs from Wikipedia)