The city police on Friday arrested one Jagtar Singh, alias Sonu, alias Bhoot, who was booked a few days ago on charges of abducting and raping a woman, who had come to the city with her fiancé, while posing as a policeman. The police have recovered 500-gram intoxicating powder, 15 intoxicating injections, 16 stolen mobile phones, a fake police identity card and a stolen motorcycle from him. A case under Sections 382 and 411 of the IPC has been registered against the suspect in this regard.
Police sources said the suspect, who is a resident of the Guru Nanakpura area, was arrested by a police team comprising inspector Sukhwinder Singh, SHO, Kotwali police station; ASI Ranjit Singh, ASI Prem Pal and others at a police check point near the old Improvement Trust office when he was coming from the Sheran Wala Gate area on a stolen motorcycle.
Inspector Sukhwinder Singh said on being questioned, Bhoot confessed to his involvement in at least 20 cases of snatching, including those at Company Gardens, in front of Guru Nanak Dev University, at Green Avenue, Rani Ka Bagh, Lawrence Road, Sultanwind Road, Attari and Manawala.
He added that on March 4, the accused, while posing as a cop, had abducted the fiancée of Parveen Kumar, a Jalandhar resident, who had come to visit the city with his betrothed. "The accused had abducted and raped the woman. Later, he snatched her mobile phones, which have been recovered," the SHO said.
The SHO maintained that a case in this regard has already been registered against the accused under Sections 365, 366, 382, 376 and 323 of the IPC at Kotwali police station. "The accused will be produced in a local court and will be taken on remand. We are expecting more recoveries from him besides cracking more cases in days to come," he said.