The police have arrested two drug addicts for allegedly concocting a story of kidnapping their friend to extort `12,000 from the latter’s wife.
The accused have been identified as Yashmin, 33, a resident of Phase 3B1, SAS Nagar, and Aseem, 29, a resident of Sector 45. The police have also impounded their Hyundai Getz in which the accused and the ‘kidnapped’ man were travelling. Police are ascertaining whether they owned the vehicle or stole it.
Police said Rachna Thakur, a resident of Manimajra, approached the Sector-26 police station complaining that her husband, Nikhil Thakur, had been kidnapped.
She submitted that Nikhil worked with an IT company in Sector 26, and had not returned home since March 26. She later got a call from two men who claimed that they had kidnapped her husband and demanded a ransom of `12,000 to release him.
Police said while she was at the police station, she again got a call from the duo, following which the cops directed her to summon them to the Sector 19-27 lightpoint. As the duo reached the spot with Nikhil, the police managed to nab them.
During investigation, the accused revealed that they concocted the story to make easy money to buy drugs.
However, Nikhil claimed that he was unaware of his friends’ intention. He said he was staying with different friends in Sector 32 and Sector 49 since March 26.
He later got a call from Yashmin and Aseem, who asked him to accompany them for an outing. Oblivious to the fact that his friends had planned to extort money from his wife, he accompanied them.
On the other hand, police said even Nikhil was a drug addict, and was unemployed. He had lied to his wife that he worked at an IT company in Sector 26. He was let off after recording his statement.
A case under section 384 (extortion) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against the accused.