UPDATE: Kidnap suspect Deepak Raghunandhan of Pietermaritzburg who has been at large has not been arrested, as previously confirmed to the Raghunandhan family. Earlier this evening, the Raghunandhan family were informed of his arrest, leading the family travelling to Shelly Beach police station. Upon arrival, the family were informed that Deepak was not in their custody. It was previously reported that Raghunandhan was arrested and handed over to the SAPS Port Shepstone off the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal Sunday evening.
According to this crime update statement,
“At 18:27 on 09 August 2020 SACCW National Central Law Enforcement Group received notification of vehicle sought (White Nissan Nirvana) for kidnapping of Ms Shirvan Botha on 06 August 2020.. Members reacted with immediate response with successful arrest reported back @ 18:46.
Sincere thanks and appreciation to the following role players and field response units: SNIPR, Organised Crime – South Coast, HAWKS – Port Shepstone, Wolf Security, CPF Shelley Beach, Maser Security, SACCW South Coast
The 34-year-old Raisethorpe resident has been a person of interest in the case relating to the alleged abduction of his neighbour, Shrivani Luksha Madhan Bhola, who went missing on Thursday night last week. On Saturday, August 8, Brad Nathanson Investigations revealed that the missing person case has been confirmed as a case of kidnapping. The social media update on Facebook stated, “We have been informed by the SAPS that the missing person’s case of Shrivani Madhan has now been confirmed as a Kidnapping.”
The family of Deepak Raghnunandhan have called for calm amidst the ongoing investigation.
According to sources, close to the family, the Raghunundhan’s were unaware of the Deepak’s disappearance nor were they contacted by police authorities in relation to the missing persons alert against Raghunundhan and Bhola last week. The family had discovered of Raghunundhan’s missing persons alert via social media following the viral posts relating to the disappearance of Shrivani Luksha Madhan Bhola. According to TimesLIVE, Pietermaritzburg crime intelligence officer, Captain Rumen Maistry said that the woman was traced to a lodge in a “secluded affluent area” in Durban. Members of the Pietermaritzburg crime intelligence unit and Mountain Rise tracing units traced Shrivani Luksha Madhan Bhola to a lodge in Durban, where she was being held against her will.
The KwaZulu Natal Police authority is yet to issue a statement over the matter. The family of Raghunandhan are liaising with the authorities, this is a developing story, catch up by reading more here
Source inputs: TimesLIVE
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