Jagbir Singh, who was allegedly kidnapped and had his hair cut-off forcefully, on Sunday confessed that he had done the deed himself.
Superintendent of Police Sanjay Kumar said that the police was apprehensive about the story told by Jagbir and deputed Deputy Suprintendent of Police RC Rathi to probe the case thoroughly when members of the local Sikh community lashed out at the police for its lethargic and indifferent attitude in arresting the culprits.
The SP said that the truth surfaced within 24 hours when Jagbir was taken to Rajound, where allegedly his hair had been cut off. His story was found to be fake and later, he confessed that he himself got his hair cut.
The Sikhs of the region were agitated since the news broke out that Jagbir, a student of Gita Niketan school, was forcibly taken away by some car-borne people on August 12 and his hair were cut before he was abandoned near Rajound in Jind district. The boy reportedly reached his relative's house in a nearby village, who brought him home.
Jagbir, in his complaint to the police, had said that on August 12, when he had gone to the market to purchase books, a youth started talking to him. After walking together for a while, the stranger put a handkerchief on his mouth, after which he fell unconscious but not before he found two other youth bundling him into a car.
After regaining consciousness, he had found himself in Radour in Kaithal district and discovered that his hair had been cut, Jagbir had said.
Jagbir's father Gurpratap Singh, a farmer, had alleged that the police had delayed registration of an FIR in the case and filed the complaint only after pressure from the Sikh community.
SGPC President Avtar Singh had also expressed concern over the case, saying if the complaint turns out to be genuine, it would be very unfortunate.
Police, however, was surprised that not a single person in the busy market of Kurukshetra had noticed the kidnappers.
Unlike the Jaipur incident, police had found no motive in Jagbir's case.