The Jalandhar police cracked a kidnapping case within 12 hours and recued a 50-year-old property dealer, identified as Mohinder Kumar Kala of Rose Park, who was abducted at around 8.45am at gunpoint when he had left his house on a motorcycle in the morning.
The police arrested four kidnappers, while two of their accomplices managed to flee away. The police recovered two .32 revolvers and 12 live cartridges from their possession.
The arrested persons have been identified as Gurpreet Singh and Lalit Kumar, residents of Patti; Gurdev Singh, a resident of Burj village in Tarn Taran and Raman Kumar, a resident of Chheharta in Amritsar. Two other accused Vikas Jolly and Gurminder Singh, who were following them in another car, managed to flee away.
Police commissioner Arpit Shukla said Gurpreet and Lalit had information about Kala’s opulence. Both, along with other accused, were staying in a city’s hotel since the last three days. He said the kidnappers were closely keeping a tab on the victim’s movements and on Tuesday morning, they executed their plan and kidnapped Kala.
He said after the kidnapping, they kept moving in the car and crossed from various parts of the state before their arrest at Lohian in the district. The police chief said the accused had conspired to seek `1crore as ransom from his family, but had yet not made the call for the same.
“The accused also changed the registration number plates of the car during the drive, but the technical investigation by the police team cracked the case within few hours,” said the commissioner, adding that they had also beaten the dealer in the car due to which he had suffered a fracture in an arm.
The car used in the crime (PB02-Q-0400) has also been recovered.
The police sources said apart from the property dealing business, Kala was into other businesses as well and two of the accused were well aware about this fact. They said the kidnappers first went to Tarn Taran and then Patti, Zira, Makhu in Ferozepur, Moga, Shahkot and Lohian, from where they were arrested at last.
Earlier, on Tuesday morning, as per the CCTV footage, Kala came outside his house at 8.18 am wearing half-pant and red t-shirt and went towards Burlton Park on his Hero Splendor (PB08CT-9389) motorcyle. Within few seconds, a white swift Dzire started following him. The car’s registration number was not clearly visible in the footage, leaving only 4060 as readable.
Kala’s wife Sangeeta told the police and the media that she got a call from her husband on her mobile at 9.19 am and he told her that he would come home within two hours. Later, his phone was found switched off. She said she could hear voices of people fighting from the back.
After getting the information, police commissioner Arpit Shukla, his deputy Harjit Singh, additional deputy commissioner of police Jasvir Singh, assistant commissioner of police (ACP) BIS Kahlon and SHO police station-1 Balbir Singh rushed to the spot and started the probe into the case. The police commissioner talked with Kala’s family and went to the spot where the incident had occurred.