Amandeep Singh, a 17-year-old student of Class-12 who was allegedly 'kidnapped' for ransom from Dinanagar town of this district on September 25, had himself enacted a fake drama of kidnapping.Amandeep was recovered by the police from Hazur Sahib at Nanded in Maharashtra and was handed over to his parents at New Delhi on Thursday evening.
Addressing mediapersons here, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Toor on Friday clarified that the boy was not kidnapped, but he himself sent two SMSs to his father Ravinder Singh Sodhi on his phone on September 25 and 26 respectively.
Toor said that in the first SMS the boy wrote that his (Ravinder Singh Sodhi's) son had been kidnapped and if he wanted to get him released, he should reach Kotli Canal with money. Sodhi received a second SMS from the alleged kidnapper (his own son) on the next day stating that if he (kidnapper) did not receive ransom amount, he (boy's father) would find his son's dead body lying in the Kotli Canal.
Toor said that on September 25,an FIR was registered under sections 364-A,506,and 34 of the Indian Penal Code at the police station,Dinanagar, on the basis of statements of Ravinder Singh Sodhi, a teacher at a private school in Dinanagar and a reporter with a Hindi newspaper.
Toor told that during investigation,the police discovered that Amandeep Singh had sent these two SMSs using a SIM that he purchased from Jandial Telecom,Dinanagar on the basis of insufficient proof of his identity. The SIM provided to Amandeep Singh was already activated by the owners of the Jandial Telecom in someone else's name on the fake documents of the identity proof, Toor said.
The SSP said that a case under section 420 of the IPC and section 67 of the IT Act was registered against Gaurav Mahajan, Saurav Mahajan and Ravinder Beri, all partners in the Jandial Telecom, Dinanagar, at the police station, Dinanagar, on September 27.
Toor said that in the meantime, police parties had been sent to Amritsar, Jalandhar, Anandpur Sahib, New Delhi and Paonta Sahib and the police succeeded on October 8 in recovering the boy from Hazur Sahib at Nanded in Maharashtra.
Toor said that the boy had actually run away from his house over some grouse with his parents whereas it was wrongly reported to the police as a case of kidnapping that was deliberately enacted by the boy himself.