Chandigarh’s missing 4: No ransom call but families allege kidnapping

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 20, 2016 23:47 IST
Family members of the missing victims during a press conference at the Press Club in Chandigarh on Wednesday. (Karun Sharma/HT Photo)

Suspecting four local men who travelled to Ludhiana for details of a forgery case to have been kidnapped, their families on Wednesday took matters to the police.

Chandigarh businessman Pawan Kumar (50) and three others — Jayant Sharma (24), Ram Chaudhary (35) and Janu Nagra (23) — are missing for the past six days. Pawan’s brother, Pankaj Sharma, told the media here that his sibling ran wholesale business of clothes from his Sector 27 house here and on January 14, a Punjab Police team from Ludhiana had come over and arrested his sales agents Rampal and Pramod in a case of financial dispute and fraud.

“When Pawan came to know, he along with Jayant, Chaudhary and Nagra left for Ludhiana to get details. He called home on the night of January 14 to say he’d be home by 3am the next day. In the morning when they didn’t come back and even their mobile phones were switched off, the family informed the local police, who handed over the investigation to their Ludhiana counterparts,” said Pankaj Sharma.

The families said the police had not done enough to locate the men.

“We have received no ransom call yet but we are sure that it is a case of kidnapping, calling for investigation,” added Pankaj Sharma.

Men went back: Ludhiana cops

Ludhiana: Six days after four people from Chandigarh went missing here, the local police claimed on Wednesday that they had gone home on January 14 by Southern Bypass and their whereabouts after the Neelon Bridge were not known. “Missing garment trader Pawan Sharma visited the Jodhewal police station on January 14 to meet Rampal and Pramod, who had been arrested under Sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for failing to pay back Ludhiana retailers,” said Basti Jodhewal station house officer (SHO) inspector Balwinder Singh, adding: “Pramod and Rampal were arrested on the complaint of a hosiery manufacturer.”

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