A local court here on Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment five people, including a couple, while acquitting two others in the infamous Nandan Nagpal abduction case.
The five, who have been sentenced to life term by the court of additional sessions judge, Rajwinder Kaur, are Daljit Singh and his wife Mandip Kaur, residents of Bodla village; Kampal Singh of Aspal village; Paviter Singh from Shergarh village and Jasbir Hero from Malout in Muktsar district.
The court also imposed a fine of `30, 000 on each of the convicts. If they fail to pay the fine, they will have to undergo imprisonment for one more year.
They had been accused of abducting Nandan Nagpal, a resident of Malout, in 2010.
However, the court acquitted accused Karanjit Kaur, a resident of Barnala, and Manpreet Singh from Malout in the case.
Balwant Singh Dhillon, counsel for the victim family, said that Nandan Nagpal, now aged 22, son of Raj Kumar from a well-to-do business family, was abducted by the accused on June 17, 2010 near Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant, when he was returning home from Chandigarh where he was pursuing his studies.
The accused had demanded Rs 3 crore as ransom from the family. The abducted youth was kept at the house of Kampal Singh. The victim was heavily drugged by the accused while in captivity.