The greed for money made a well-established businessman plot kidnap of his nephew to extort handsome amount from the latter's father two years ago.
The local police on Tuesday arrested Dhani Ram, a businessman at Khanauri in Sangrur district, for plotting the kidnap his 10-year-old nephew Manav Goel in 2011.
The matter came into the light during interrogation of members of a gang, which was busted on Monday. They revealed the misdeeds of Dhani Ram.
Dhani Ram had a parental business of commission agent and also owns a tyre agency.
Senior superintendent of police Mandeep Singh Sidhu said the local police arrested five people while they were planning to commit a robbery in the local area on Monday night.
Sidhu said during the interrogation, two accused, Ramesh Kumar and Ibrahim, confessed that as per the plan of Dhani Ram, they along with two other wanted accused, Balwinder Singh and Surinder Kumar, made an unsuccessful bid to kidnap Manav on September 1, 2011.
"On Dhani Ram's instructions, kidnappers called up Manav's grandfather Desraj, a reputed businessman, and threatened him that it was just a trailer and if he didn't give them R1 crore, they would kidnap Manav in near future," Sidhu said.
"Not only Dhani Ram masterminded the entire kidnapping plan, he also indirectly participated in it by giving all vital clues to kidnappers as for when and how to make the calls the family," the SSP said.
Sidhu added that to garner sympathy and to cover up his criminal activities, Dhani Ram also led a protest at Khanauri in 2011, demanding police protection for the family and arrest of the accused involved in the bid to kidnap his nephew.
At this, the family was given police protection.
"Dhani Ram has confessed to the crime and the recording of the conversation between him and kidnappers was also recovered from them. He also confessed to have paid R20,000 to kidnappers and promised to give them one-fifth of the ransom if they are able to kidnap Manav," Sidhu said.
The SSP said Dhani Ram had also confessed that one of his nephews had also been kidnapped in 2006 in which he played the alleged role of negotiator between extortionists and the family.
The police on Tuesday recovered a .32 and a .315 pistol from the robbers' gang.
Sidhu said many other cases of robbery were registered against the robbers at different police stations.