Even as Manjit Kaur, 50, prime accused in two month old abduction case, was arrested on Tuesday, police are still not clear about the whereabouts and existence of the 8-year-old child who was abducted by her, along with her son and his friend.
While her son, Manjinder Singh, and his friend, Harjinder Singh (from Pandori village), were arrested few days after the FIR was registered against them.
Manjit was still at large and was staying at Patna (Bihar), from where she returned few days ago.
After getting a tip-off through a informer, the Amritsar police (rural) nabbed her from village Talwandi Nahar Chowk, falling in Ramdas police station. The missing child, Baaz Singh, along with his eight month old brother, Fateh Singh, was allegedly abducted by the trio on July 23.
The incident took place when the victims’ mother, Gurmeet Kaur, of village Maulwi Kot in Gurdaspur, brought them to a mazaar to pay obeisance. There, she met Manjit and got friendly with her. Manjit lured them to go to her house.
At night, along with her son and his friend, Manjit kidnapped the victims by giving the mother some chemical in food, thereby pushing her into a state of unconsciousness. When Gurmeet woke up on the next morning, she enquired about her sons. The abductors started thrashing her and injured her seriously. Considering her dead, the trio threw her near a canal. But she was alive and went to her house.
She explained the incident to her husband, Balwinder Singh, and lodged a complaint with the police.
After this, the police had recovered the younger son from a cult of a tantric, based in Dera Baba Nanak of Gurdaspur district.
After arresting Manjinder and Harjinder, the police found out during the interrogation that the elder child was killed and his dead body was dumped on some place.
As a result, the police of Ramdas added Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in the FIR.
Manjit told almost similar story to the police, but when she was asked to disclose the location where the dead body was dumped, she took the cops on some place. After digging that place, no dead body was found.
This has left the local police in a fix.
“We cannot say whether the abducted child has been killed or is still alive somewhere as we have not found his dead body yet,” said Sukhjinder Singh, station house officer (SHO) of Ramdas police station.
The interrogation of all three accused is still on and hopefully the case will be solved soon,” he added. Senior superintendent of police (SSP rural) Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh said that they got one-day remand of the arrested woman to further question her.