The rural police have arrested three persons in the kidnapping case of an immigration consultant and recovered two.32 bore pistols, two laptops, two mobile phones, firearms, passports and two cars from them.
The accused have been identified as Lovepreet (24), a resident of Sandhu Colony, Amarjeet Singh (19) and Bittu Singh (20) of Sanjay Gandhi Colony in Amritsar district.
Addressing a press conference, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Harmohan Singh Sandhu, superintendent of police (investigations) HPS Khakh, assistant superintendent of police (ASP) Bhagirath Singh Meena said that immigration consultant Resham Singh of Jandiala Guru was kidnapped by Lovepreet and three others on Monday night when Resham was in his Volkswagen Polo car on the Jalandhar-Pathankot highway near Sarabha Nagar with his friend Ankush Anand.
They said after kidnapping him from the highway, the accused beat him up and took the away car along after throwing him off at BMC Chowk.
The officials said Lovepreet had given `7 lakh to Resham for arranging visa for Italy last year. The accused was visiting the Resham’s office to know the status of his visa application but neither he got visa nor his money was returned. Lovepreet would call him repeatedly to return the money but the consultant was ignoring him, they added.
They said Lovepreet hatched a plan and started chatting with Resham on mobile application WhatsApp by posing as a girl.
He had taken a new number for the same.
Lovepreet asked Resham to come to the highway and kidnapped him with two others on Monday night.
The police said Amarjeet and Bittu Singh have criminal background. Two firearms, a Ford Figo, Polo car were recovered after a raid by a CIA team at Jaswant Nagar following a tip-off on Wednesday.
The officials added that one of accused, Navneet, is still absconding. Those arrested would be produced in court on Thursday.