The crime branch, while investigating a murder, has cracked a fake kidnapping case and “rescued” the victim from Gujarat.
Inspector Milind Khetle said when the Crime Branch was investigating the case of a body found in Aarey Colony on April 1, they learnt of a ‘kidnapping’ complaint registered at Nirmal Nagar police station on April 19 by Gagandeep Bangad (24) of Jalandhar in Punjab. He claimed his wife Sonia (21) had been abducted of March 23.
The complaint said he and Sonia had been asked to come to Mumbai by Sudhir Kumar, who he claimed had called them here for visa paperwork. Sudhir sent two people to bring them from Bandra terminus.
The complaint said the two drove around with the couple for 45 minutes, then told Gagandeep that Sudhir wanted to meet Sonia, took her away and did not return for five days.
“The abduction date seemed to coincide with the discovery of the body, which is why we suspected the body was Sonia’s,” Khetle said. Police learnt Gagandeep had cheated people in Jalandhar and had not been living with his family. They found Sonia had developed an interest in Tushar Seth (38), a resident of Baroda in Gujarat.
Police on Tuesday brought Tushar and Sonia from Baroda and are looking for Gagandeep.