A Gurgaon call-centre worker was abducted from near his office in the wee hours of Tuesday and rescued hours later by alert shopkeepers in Ambala.
Vineet Juneja, a 26-year-old IBN Dasksh employee, was kidnapped from near Udyog Vihar in Gurgaon at gunpoint by four persons and bundled into the boot of his black Accent (DL 3C AB 8705).
One of the kidnappers has been caught.
It was shopkeepers of Ambala's Gandhi market who spotted Juneja in the car boot when the Accent was intercepted by a Maxicab.
A shopkeeper, Kailash, said that around 1.30 p.m., the Accent caught the attention of the traders since it was being driven rashly and three Maxicabs were chasing it. The kidnappers had hit a Maxicab on G.T. Road near the Ambala Cantt flyover.
After intercepting the Accent, drivers started thrashing the car occupants. Kailash added that during the commotion he noticed a man gasping in the car boot. After breaking the windowpanes the shopkeepers rescued Juneja and handed over one of the kidnappers to the police while others escaped.
Traumatised Juneja was barely able to walk and was taken to a nearby nursing home and his parents were informed, Kailash said.
Meanwhile, Juneja's parents had informed the police about their missing son. Police officials said that on the parent's complaint a case of kidnapping under Section 364 of IPC was registered at Gurgaon police station on Tuesday morning.
The arrested kidnapper has been identified as Brijesh Sharma of Sonipat. Sharma is learnt to have told to the police that he was a driver and was hired at Karnal.
Juneja had returned on Monday night from the US, where he had gone on an official assignment.
At the police station Juneja told Hindustan Times that after returning from the US he had stayed for a few hours at his Wellington Apartment residence in DLF Enclave and then left for office in his car.
He said at 2.30 a.m four persons parked a vehicle in front of his car and on gunpoint asked him to come out. He said the four, who had been speaking a Haryanavi dialect, took him to a secluded place and demanded Rs 2.5 lakh.
When he could not produce the money, they bundled him into the car boot and drove towards Punjab. Juneja said they also beat him severely with gun butts and fists and took away $100 and a few hundred rupees. On the way the kidnappers also kept withdrawing money using Juneja's ATM cards.
He said they had been driving his car alternately.
Police officials said they had informed the Gurgaon police and a team headed by a DSP was expected soon.