The district police have nabbed all the four alleged kidnappers of a Mohali boy, who later ran away from their custody, and recovered one country made pistol, a mobile phone set and Rs 75,000 cash.
Addressing a press conference at the Police Lines here on Tuesday, Gurdaspur senior superintendent of police Gurpreet Singh Toor said that the arrested accused were residents of various nearby villages of Gurdaspur sub-division.
He said that they were identified as Gurvinder Singh of Pahra village, Janak Raj of Kang village, Robert Masih alias Bhakko of Tibber village and Ranbir Singh alias Jiwan Singh of Tibri village.
Toor said that the district police had received an alert message from the state police headquarters that a gang of four criminals had kidnapped a youth from Mohali in an Endeavour car (CH 04 F 4545) on November 3 and the vehicle had rushed towards Gurdaspur.
The kidnapped youth later ran away from the custody of his abductors in Jalandhar while the latter rushed forward to Gurdaspur district, said Toor.
The SSP said a case was registered about the kidnapping under sections 365,382,148 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code at the Mohali police station.
The SSP said that the 'night domination police' had received information on Tuesday night that the said Endeavour car was moving in the Kahnuwan area of Gurdaspur district.
Toor said that all the wings of the police were got alerted and pressed into servive to trace the car of the accused which was finally spotted by the police at Japuwal village near Dhariwal.
The SSP said that the police chased the car which moved towards Kalyanpur village near Dhariwal and when it reached the Shekhupura village, it overturned and its occupants came out of it by breaking the glasses of the car.
Toor said that the accused then snached a bullet motorcycle from one Harinder Singh of Shekhupura village and sped away. He said that as the police parties were giving them a hot chase, they abandoned the motorcycle at Slempur Afghana village. One of them fired a shot from his country-made pistol at the police and they started running for safety.
The SSP said that two of three of accused rushed towards nearby sugarcane fields and the fourth one rushed towards the village for shelter.
He said that when the police parties were searching the accused, they got a tip-off from a reporter of a vernacular newspaper living in the area about the exact location of the fleeing accused.
The SSP said that the police cordoned off the village and sugarcane fields and arrested all the four accused.
He said that the car of the accused would be thoroughly searched and they would be interrogated to find out details of other crimes they might have committed.
He told that the Gurvinder Singh, the king-pin of the gang, had already been declared a proclaimed offender and was involved in many crimes.
The SSP said that a case under sections 307 of the IPC and 25, 54 and 59 of the Indian Arms Act has been registered against the accused at the Sadar police station, Gurdaspur.