The main accused in the 2006 kidnapping of Adobe India top executive Naresh Gupta’s son Anant escaped from judicial custody on Monday while he was being taken to a local court.
Chhatrapal slipped out of the handcuffs and escaped outside the crowded Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court, Superintendent of Police Paresh Kumar Pandey said. The two constables escorting him are also absconding, he added. The constables have been suspended and their dismissal recommended. An FIR has been lodged against them.
Pandey said constables Bhagwati Prasad and Karamveer hadn’t realised that Chhatrapal had managed to wriggle free of the handcuffs till another undertrial alerted them. The officer said that it appeared that the constables went underground fearing action.
The kidnapping of three-year-old Anant on November 13, 2006, from outside his Sector 15-A home had shocked Delhi and NCR. Anant was walking towards his schoolbus when two men on a motorcycle kidnapped him. Naresh Gupta had paid Rs 50 lakh ransom for his son’s release. A few days later, police arrested Chhatrapal and two others and recovered Rs 47.5 lakh of the ransom.
Meanwhile, security at the Guptas home has been beefed up.