Gemstone dealer’s wife abducted in Jaipur, India

Sumedha Durlabhji, 60, wife of a leading jeweller in India, Rashmikant Durlabhji, was abducted on Thursday when she had gone for a walk to the Rajasthan University campus near her residence in the northwest city of Jaipur, The Times of India reported Friday.

The abductors, whose identity are unknown, have reportedly asked for a ransom of Rs 2.5 crore (about $522,000), the newspaper reports.

The abductors called up Durlabhji’s house in around 8:30 a.m., the newspaper reports. The call was made on an Oasis mobile from Kot Kasim in Alwar district, about 93 miles from Jaipur. The cash card for the same was purchased from the nearby city of Tonk on Wednesday.

The Durlabhjis are internationally-known gemstone dealers and Rashmikant is the vice-president of the International Colored Gemstone Association, the newspaper reports. He was honored recently for his services to the trade. The Durlabhjis run the biggest charitable hospital in the country.

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