Their last mobilephone location of the six Chandigarh men missing under mysterious circumstances was traced to Doraha, prompting the Khanna police on Thursday to search the Doraha canal for possible bodies.
The man met one of their friends at Model Town here before leaving for home, say police, who claim to have traced this friend. The man, Shahbaz, is reported to have told police that after food and drinks, he accompanied the six men to Shimlapuri, from where they drove away to Chandigarh.
Inspector Balwinder Singh, station house officer (SHO) of Basti Jodhewal in Ludhiana said the men, including businessman Pawan Sharma; his nephew, Jayant Rishi; and companions Prabhjot Singh and Ram, had visited his police station on January 14 about the arrest of their sales agents Rampal and Pramod, but had left the same day.
Khanna senior superintendent of police Gurpreet Singh Gill confirmed that his team had started investigation on its own. “We suspect that the men met with a road mishap and drowned in the canal, since these are foggy days in Doraha. Our divers have, so far, found nothing in the water,” the SSP said.
Pawan Sharma of Sector 28-D in Chandigarh had led these men to Ludhiana on January 14 after the Basti Jodhewal Police had arrested the sales agents of Jayant Rishi in a case of fraud registered on December 2, 2015. Their families suspect they have been kidnapped.