Today, Lahari Velu spoke to Oneindia and explained how he was kidnapped. He said, "The incident happened after I left the ETV awards function in the middle to pursue an urgent work. As I came out of function hall, I was taken over by five unidentified guys, who were waiting outside. First, they snatched my mobile phone and then dragged me into their car."
The Lahari proprietor added, "After we crossed a little distance, I got a phone call from ACP Ashok. So kidnappers suddenly woke up and dropped me near Indian Express office. They had weapons with them. When I asked them about their identity, they revealed that they were the associates of Shrinivas Raju, who is a brother of Givndaraju, a BJP corporator from Kammanahalli."
However, the ETV awards function was attended by many film stars and other personalities including Puneet Rajkumar and Bangalore Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari. The kidnap drama took place at 7.30pm. The High Grounds police have registered a complaint and investigating into it. But it is not known why they tried to kidnap Velu.