New Delhi: Inspired by a popular web series on OTT platform, Amazon Prime, two 22-year-old cousins staged a fake kidnapping and demanded a ransom of Rs two lakh from their family. Also Read - Coronavirus: Delhi Records 96 New Cases, Logs Below 100 For First Time in 9 Months

The accused, Nadeem and Aftab, are residents of Zakir Nagar and they snatched a mobile phone from a woman on the same day, police said on Wednesday. Also Read - No Culprit Will Be Spared, Farmer Leaders Will Be Questioned, Says Delhi Police Chief On Tractor Rally Violence

They said Nadeem worked with his father in a furniture shop but his father did not let him consume alcohol nor did he give him any extra money. Also Read - 200 Protesters Detained For 'Rioting & Attacking Cops' at Tractor Rally, Twitter Suspends 300 Accounts | Top 10 Points

So, taking cues from the web series ‘Breathe: Into the Shadows’, they decided to stage a kidnapping and Aftab made a fake ransom call to his father demanding an amount of Rs two lakh.

The incident came to light on Monday after police received a call from Aftab’s father who informed them that his nephew, Nadeem, had been kidnapped. He also told them that the kidnapper had demanded Rs 2 lakh ransom for Nadeem’s release.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) RP Meena said, “Our police team initiated a search and checked CCTVs in the area. We also checked call detail records of Nadeem’s phone and found that he was in constant touch with a female friend. When contacted, his friend told police that Nadeem was with his cousin Aftab.”

During enquiry, the complainant said his son Aftab was also missing, he said.

On checking the CCTVs, it emerged that no such kidnapping had taken place, he added.

Later, police received another call about a woman being robbed of her mobile phone at Jamia Nagar and on examining the CCTV footages, it was found that both Aftab and Nadeem were involved in the snatching case, the officer said.

The two men were arrested following raids on Tuesday.

(With inputs from PTI)