Father’s phone call records come under police scanner

  • Amandeep Dixit, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2014 15:21 IST

Two days after 5-year-old Mehram went missing, the police investigations have revealed that the child’s father, Varinder Pal Singh, spoke to two unknown persons after threatening to get his son back from his wife.

The police said that Singh’s call records show that following a tiff with his estranged wife, he spoke to two unknown persons, who the police suspect are the kidnappers. Singh, who is currently in Australia, and his wife Harjinder Kaur have been involved in a matrimonial dispute. Singh had allegedly threatened to “take his son back” a few hours before the child was kidnapped from a park near her house. The police have now requested an Australian telecom company to provide Singh’s call the records.

The police had also detained Singh’s grandfather Nirmal Singh, aunt Parminder Kaur and her husband Prabhjit Singh, who have also been booked in the case, but gained no leads from them.

Singh, on being contacted by the police, allegedly initially denied the allegations but is later learnt to have admitted to making the call.

DSP Navreet Singh Virk said, “We have sought the call details from an Australian telecom company to verify whom he spoke to before and after the incident.”

He was, however, unwilling to rule out a kidnapping for ransom, adding that the family has so far not received any such calls, which, say sources, is what led the police to believe Singh and his relatives were involved. Two days since the kidnapping, however, police have yet to trace Mehram. Harjinder Kaur, mother of the victim, alleged that her son was abducted on Tuesday evening from a park near her house from Phase 9 of SAS Nagar.

Following Kaur’s complaint, the police booked Singh’s grandfather Nirmal Singh, aunt Parminder Kaur and her husband Prabhjit Singh under sections 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.

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