In its first breakthrough in the kidnapping of 28-year-old Karan Kumar Kakkar, the Amboli police say one of the accused told the police that they would find Kakkar in Pune. The officer, however, did not clarify if Kakkar is alive.
The Amboli police questioned several friends of Simran Sood, an arrested accused in the case, on Saturday. The probe into the Amboli kidnapping along with the Oshiwara murder of a 67-year-old man was handed over to the crime branch on Saturday.
"After sustained interrogation, one of the accused told us that they had gone along with Kakkar to Pune. The accused told us that we would be able to find Kakkar in Pune," said the officer from Amboli police station, requesting anonymity.
When asked if the accused told them what they had done with Kakkar, the officer said: "Currently we cannot reveal it. By Sunday morning, however, we should know what happened." A team from the Amboli police left for Pune late Saturday evening.
The police have named four persons as accused in the kidnapping case. "We questioned Simran who was initially giving us misleading answers. She is opening up now. We should be able to find out what they did with Kakkar," said inspector Vivek Shendge, Amboli police.
The police also questioned Vijay Palande and Manoj Gajkosh, who are currently in the custody of Oshiwara police. The police also questioned Dhananjay Shinde, currently in judicial custody, after he turned approver in the Oshiwara murder case. "While Palande agreed that he met Kakkar on March 5, he claimed he does not know what happened to him after he left," said Shendge.
The police also questioned Sood's friend Rozlyn Khan. Khan's lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui said, "Sood told the police that Khan was a good friend of Kakkar. Hence they questioned her." Police also called Gautam Vohra, another friend of Sood's, for questioning but he did not turn up till Friday evening, added Shendge.
Incidentally, Vohra had been questioned by the Khar police, in connection with the mysterious suicide of model Viveka Babajee in June 2010.
The police have asked for the records of the train passengers in which Kakkar's mobile phone was found after he went missing. "We have asked for the list of articles purchased by the accused, including the ones purchased by Sood in Bangkok, using Kakkar's credit cards," said an officer from Amboli.
DCP (zone 9) Pratap Digavkar said the police will now start checking antecedents of paying guests in their zone. Digavkar had started the 'society cop' initiative wherein the police would conduct background checks of watchmen and other helps in building societies in their area.
Harish Kumar, Kakkar's elder brother, waits anxiously for some news about his brother. "It is a stressful situation to be in. We hope the police will find out what happened to my brother as soon as possible," he told HT.