The Sonepat police on Wednesday arrested two students of Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology (DCRUST), Murthal of Sonepat town, thereby cracking the mystery behind the kidnapping of a nine-year-old son of a property dealer in Sonepat.
The accused identified as Amit Kumar and Vishal Kumar (both in their twenties), are students of biotechnology second year in the DCRUST university. The police have also recovered Rs 98,000 cash and gold ornaments from their possession.
Harsh, who was abducted on June 3, was freed by duo on June 5 after they received Rs 16 lakh cash and gold ornaments from the victim's father.
According to information, Harsh, a student of DAV Public School, was abducted when his father Neeraj Kumar had taken him to the shopping complex of Sector-15 here.
Police said Kumar, a property dealer, had gone to Subhash Chowk in Hari Plaza to meet his friend leaving his son in the shopping complex for sometime.
Thereafter, Kumar received a call on his cell phone by a person, who introduced himself as Sandeep Chitana (the known dreaded criminal) and demanded a ransom of Rs 50 lakh. Tensed over the call, he ran towards the shopping complex and found his son missing from the spot.
Sonepat superintendent Arun Singh Nehra said: "After the abduction case was registered against unidentified person, police started investigation into the matter. Meanwhile, the victim's father had struck a deal at Rs 16 lakh and gold ornaments with the accused."
Police said: "Teams under deputy superintendent Ajeet Singh started scrutinising the number from which calls were made to the victim's father and it was found that SIM cards used in the crime were issued from Jain Communication near Shahdara, New Delhi."
While interrogating the shop owner Mohit, a resident of Chandni chowk, police found the latter had issued six SIM cards to two varsity students on fake registration numbers.
The accused were travelling in Hyundai i10, which they had stolen from Shahdara area of New Delhi around a month ago, police said.
During interrogation, the accused told police that they kept the victim on a rented accommodation.