The Amritsar city police have arrested three persons, including a social worker, a baba and his son, on charges of faking the abduction of the baba's son to mislead the police in a fraud case.
Baba Darshan Singh was arrested from his house in Indira Colony, Kot Khalsa, while the other two accused, Anokh Singh Bhatti, a social worker, and Randeep Singh, the baba's son, were arrested from the residence of Anokh Singh Bhatti, also a resident of Kot Khalsa.
The abduction drama was exposed with the help of the computer cell of the police, which helped the police obtain the details of calls made from the mobile phone of Randeep Singh from Ludhiana. Ashwani Kumar, SHO, Chheharta police station, said the arrests were made on Sunday afternoon.
He said Ram Singh, police commissioner, Amritsar, had received a complaint from the kin of a former BSF employee that the accused had taken Rs 7.60 lakh from him on the pretext of sending his children abroad, but had done nothing in this regard.
"The accused staged the abduction drama to mislead the police and to avoid returning the money. A case under sections 365 and 120-B, IPC was registered at the Chheharta police station on August 12 on the complaint of Baba Darshan Singh in connection with the alleged abduction of his son," said the SHO.
He, however, said that as the mobile phone of Randeep was under surveillance, the computer cell was able to access Randeep's call details, which revealed that he had gone to Ludhiana to stay with Ram Piara, one of his relatives.
"Ram Piara revealed that Randeep came to his house with his father on August 12 and told him that he had an altercation with someone and would be staying with him for a few days. However, Randeep left on August 25, a few days prior to the police raid," said Ashwani. According to the SHO, the accused had approached court twice, first in connection with the baba's abduction and then his son's.
"Jatinder Kumar, a resident of Jalandhar, shared the details with the police. The accused were arrested from their residences," said Ashwani.
ACP West Harvinder Singh said strict action would be taken in accordance with the law against those found trying to mislead the police.