“He just wanted to teach them a lesson. The ransom was demanded by the professional criminals, my husband didn’t demand any money,” said Neha, wife of Sachin Bhardwaj.
Bhardwaj, a former employee of a multinational bank, was arrested on Tuesday for kidnapping Anshul Gupta’s two children with the help of six professional criminals.
Speaking to Hindustan Times on Wednesday, Neha said her husband had saved the children from the kidnappers, who could have killed the kids.
“My husband had good relations with Anshul Gupta and his family after they met for a home loan in 2008, when Sachin was employed with Citibank,” she said.
Neha said her husband had helped the Guptas when they were thrown out of their rented house by their landlord
“But later the Guptas said some of their credit cards were missing and Vandna Gupta, the mother of the kidnapped children, accused and insulted my husband for this,” she added.
Anshul Gupta had told the police about the missing credit cards but hadn’t named Bhardwaj.
Neha said her husband told her and the police after his arrest on Tuesday that he had hatched the kidnapping plot to teach them a lesson.
“My husband is innocent. Some of his friends had hired his car. He told me he was going to Palwal for some work.”
But she admitted that her husband knew two of the accused.
Wife confirms bargain drama
Neha Bhardwaj said the police had reached their house around 9 a.m. and initiated bargaining with her husband.
“The police made me talk to Sachin and I told him that the police would take me and our son into custody if he didn’t surrender,” she said.
“Sachin took the possession of the two children from the hardcore criminals fearing they could kill them, as the police had mounted pressure,” she claimed.
Bhardwaj remanded to police custody
A Gurgaon court on Wednesday remanded Bhardwaj into police custody for five days. He would now be produced in the court of Judicial Magistrate (Ist Class) Mukesh Rao on February 8.
The police have managed to identify four of the six absconding criminals involved in the kidnapping but no arrest has been made so far.