When the Chandigarh Police carried out a joint operation with their Kurukshetra counterparts on Tuesday, they not only saved non-resident Indian Navneet Singh from abductors' clutches but also from certain death.
Investigations carried out by the city police revealed that his abductors were carrying lethal injections for eliminating the NRI after receiving the ransom.
The police also revealed that two of the abductors, Ajit and Pardeep, were state-level boxers, who used to practice in boxing stadiums at Rohtak and Gurgaon.
They came in contact with another accused, Anil. Nitin came in contact with main accused Anil, as the former used to meet him at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Panchkula, while other two accused Sukhdev and Sanjeev were known to Anil because of the property business in Kurukshetra. They formed a gang, which hatched a plan to abduct an NRI.
The police have recovered three 25-mg Phenergen, six 30-mg Fortwin injections and six disposable syringes from them.
Phenergen and Fortwin cannot be sold over the counter until accompanied by a prescription by a medical practitioner. The Chandigarh police are verifying whether these injections were purchased from Chandigarh or Haryana.
Anil Kumar confessed that after getting the ransom, they had planned to eliminate Navneet through lethal injections, the police said.
During interrogation, Anil Kumar revealed that he got involved in criminal activities in 2002. The police have recovered Rs 52 lakh, 760 Canadian dollars and a Honda Accord car (CH03X-6271) of the victim from the accused. A Swift Desire car, bearing a fake registration (HR14-H-2878), which was stolen from Sector 5, Panchkula, on November 30 last was also recovered from them.
Accused sent in six-day police remand
A local court on Wednesday sent six youths accused in the NRI abduction case in six-day police remand. After the police moved a separate application seeking handcuffing of the accused, claiming that they are hardcore criminals, the court allowed the same. Inspector Amanjot of the crime branch said, "Besides a .32 bore gun, a sophisticated 7.65 mm pistol and live cartridges were recovered from Anil."
"The moment we became sure of location of the suspects at Durala village, we informed the Kurukshetra police and rounded up one of the accused Nitin, who came out of the dera to arrange food. Nitin said apart from the NRI there were five persons in the dera and they were armed," the inspector said.