RAJKOT: A businessman was up badly and dumped on the road after being kidnapped at in Kutch district on Monday evening.

Police said the victim, Dipak Khatwani (35), was driving his car along with his mother, when the car was overtaken by another car.

“Khatwani was forced to stop his car and three masked men got out of the other car. Armed with iron pipes and bats, they smashed the windscreen and window glasses of Khatwani’s car. Then they kidnapped Khatwani in their car and took him to Bhadareshwer village in Adipur taluka where they beat him black and blue and dumped him by the roadside,” said an official from Adipur police station.

Meanwhile, Khatwani’s mother who was left behind called police. Police later admitted Khatwani to a private hospital in Gandhidham.

“Though we are yet to ascertain the identity of the accused, our preliminary investigation indicates that it was a financial dispute between Khatwani and the assailants which resulted in the crime,” said the official, adding that police have launched a manhunt for the accused.

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