A joint team of Kurukshetra and Chandigarh police rescued an abducted 28-year-old Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Navneet Singh on Tuesday afternoon after a brief gun-battle from Dhurala village, about 10 km from Kurukshetra town and arrested five persons in this connection.
The operation was completed at around 3pm by a heavily armed police team.
Local sources claimed no one sustained injury in the exchange of fire at a 'dera', where the victim was found held hostage. Police said that a resident of Kurukshetra town owned the 'dera'.
Though district superintendent of police Parul Kush Jain did not respond to repeated calls to confirm details of the operation, sources said that five abductors were arrested by Chandigarh police.
Sources in the district police said that soon after his rescue, victim Navneet Singh was rushed to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Civil Hospital.
A doctor attending him, Dr Madhur, told HT that Singh had superficial injury marks on various parts of his body, including head but his condition was out of danger.
"He is calm and conscious and we have not recommended any emergency medical attention to him," the doctor said.
Sources said that the kidnappers were whisked away to Chandigarh by police.
Singh was allegedly kidnapped from Chandigarh and police tracked his location to the Kurukshetra village.
Police sources said that one the accomplices of the abductors was in Chandigarh police custody and that he accompanied cops on Tuesday to Dhurala village.
Our reporter adds from Chandigarh:
Mystery shrouded the disappearance of NRI Navneet Singh from his house in Sector 18 of Chandigarh on Monday afternoon.
Chandigarh police said his brother Gurmeet Singh residing in Canada had received a ransom call of over Rs 1 crore for the release of Navneet.
Police sources said a CCTV camera installed in a house adjoining Navneet's residence had captured the footage of two persons leaving his Sector 18 house in a white Honda Accord at about 3. 46am.
Preliminary police investigations revealed that Navneet had called up his servant at 3am at night, directing the latter to hand over around Rs 10 lakh to two persons who would come to his house. The servant handed over the money to the duo at about 3.46am.
Police have so far not ruled out possibility of a property dispute behind the disappearance. DSP Crime Satbir Singh said they had registered a case of kidnapping for ransom. However, he asserted, they were at the same time trying to ascertain the claims of abduction of Navneet.
Police said abductors had been booked under Section 307 of IPC.