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HT Correspondent
Chandigarh, January 18, 2013
Police continued its effort to trace the three-and-a-half-year-old girl allegedly kidnapped by her stockbroker father's business partner three days ago, but failed to crack the case even as interesting facts were thrown up by its investigations so far.
The girl, Harmaini was allegedly kidnapped from Hotel Royal Inn in Sector 22 on Tuesday by one Jagpal Beniwal. The girl had come to city along with her parents Harish Arora and Priya along with Jagpal and the latter's friend Chinar on January 12. Two sons of Jagpal and Harmaini's brother Hridev were also part of the group. 

Meanwhile, police talked to Jagpal's relatives who claimed that Priya owed at least Rs. 1 crore to the accused. Police maintained that they had got the impression after talking to Jagpal's kin was that the accused was using the girl only as a surety to get back his money.

Police said that Jagpal was apparently of the view that police should have rather proceeded against Priya for causing enormous monetary loss to him, rather than the other way round.

Quoting Jagpal, his relatives told police that he was bitter about the fact that Priya had literally made him bankrupt. Police said Priya was involved in monetary transactions with many persons. DSP (crime) Satbir Singh claimed that Priya used to rope in people to invest money for good dividends.

Senior police officials claimed it had launched a massive combing operation to trace the girl in Haryana. Police carried out raids not only in different parts of Haryana, including Karnal, but also in Delhi. Police sources said that two persons have been detained in Delhi in connection with the case.

Lookout notice for the accused too has been issued. Immigration authorities at Delhi airport were sounded to prevent the accused from escaping abroad along with the girl.

Apart from questioning the relatives of Jagpal Beniwal police also approached his parents and wife to convince him to convince him to give up. Police contacted close associates of Jagpal by getting details from his call records. They also questioned his woman friend in Hisar.

Police said that one mobile phone number of the accused was activated two days back, adding that tracking him was tough since he was switching off his phone quite often. Police officials said that Jagpal was using a mobile phone issued in someone else's name to keep in touch with his relatives.

Jagpal allegedly demanded Rs. 1 crore after kidnapping the girl, but scaled down the demand the next day to Rs. 60 lakh.

Meanwhile, police showed media persons a photograph of accused Jagpal as well as the child but refused to release it due to concerns over the girl's safety.