Lust for earning quick money landed a 28-year-old shopkeeper and his three unemployed friends behind bars.
The four were held on the charge of unsuccessful attempt to abduct a local businessman's son.
As all were inexperienced, we reached them within 9 days of investigation, says city SHO Bharat Masih Ladhar.
The accused who could not abduct the boy were caught setting the Zen car, used in crime, on fire on a CCTV camera fitted by the army unit on its gate situated on Villa Kothi road.
Talking to HT, Ladhar revealed, "Navir Singh, 28-year-old owner of a Karyana shop, planned to earn quick money conniving with his unemployed friends Manohar Deep Singh, Ranjit Singh and Ricky.
On June 7, they stole a Zen car (PB-09-F-0112) from the city. After changing the number-plate, on August 14, they all tried to abduct Dushyant, a 15-year-old son of a local businessman but failed as their target raised an alarm forcing them to flee the spot."
"After escaping they moved towards Villa Kothi and tried setting the vehicle on fire. Days after, we got the information that some persons are approaching the businessman with confession with a fear to get identified by the Dushyant," SHO added.
On Friday night, the police nabbed all the accused from local Sanatan Sabha from where the attempt was being made by prominent people of the area to make a compromise. Police had booked all the accused under sections 379(theft), 482(for changing number-plates), 364(kidnapping), 511(attempting to commit offence), 436(using fire to destroy car) and 201(disappearing the evidences) of Indian Penal Code.