Carjacking cracks up: Drama by ‘victim’ for insurance money to fund phoren dreams

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Feb 01, 2016 17:40 IST
According to the police, Jain hatched the conspiracy to get insurance amount to fulfil his dream of settling abroad.

Two days on, a story of assault and carjacking on gunpoint, has turned out to be a drama staged by the ‘victim’ to pocket the insurance money to fund his ambition to settle abroad, police claimed here on Monday. Complainant Varun Jain and his accomplice Harjeet Singh, alias Billu, both local residents, were arrested.

Addressing the media, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurmeet Singh Chauhan said there were holes in the sequence of events narrated by Jain. On Sunday night, Jain finally cracked and led the police to the car that he had earlier claimed had been snatched.

The SSP added that Jain was unemployed and had plans to settle abroad for which he needed money. During questioning, the police claimed, he said he had hatched the conspiracy to get the insurance amount.

The SSP further said that after the reported incident on January 30, the police had got Jain’s medical examination conducted at Government Rajindra Hospital where doctors had belied his claims of having been assaulted and injured. That made the police turn the needle of suspicion around towards him, the SSP said.

During questioning, Jain revealed the role of Billu and later the police recovered the car from the house of his friend Jaspal’s sister who lives abroad. Jaspal, an electrician who resides in the house, had only helped him out for parking space and has since been given the clean chit.

“While inspecting the vehicle it came to the fore that there was no liquid thrown on the front windscreen of the car, belying another part of Jain’s story, and that the registration plates were also removed from the car,” the SSP added. “Jain had told Jaspal that he needed space to park his car since his own house was under renovation.”

The police have now amended the first information report (FIR), adding sections 203 (giving false information on an offence), 211 (false charge of offence made with intent to injure), 418 and 420 (cheating), 424 (dishonest or fraudulent removal or concealment of property) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian penal Code (IPC) against the duo.

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