Kidnapped Patiala event manager rescued in Ludhiana shootout
Police rescued a kidnapped Patiala event manager in a 2.35am shootout near Maharaja Grand marriage palace here, in which head constable Daljit Singh was injured.punjab Updated: Apr 15, 2016 10:35 IST
Police rescued a kidnapped Patiala event manager in a 2.35am shootout near Maharaja Grand marriage palace here, in which head constable Daljit Singh was injured.
Eight-to-nine bullets were exchanged in the encounter, of which the cop took one. The gang had carjacked their target Robin Mittal’s Hyundai Verna, robbed him of Rs 26,000, and put him into a Maruti Swift. Later, they called his brother, Aman Mittal (whom they had pushed out of the Verna), for Rs 5 lakh ransom. Aman took a police team from Division Number 5 (the scene of kidnapping) along.
Daljit Singh and constable Amrit Pal Singh in civvies were with Aman. Covered by a police party that included ACP (north) Ramneesh Chaudhary and commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh, they drove up to the appointed spot. The Verna and the Swift also got there, and two youths, one of whom had a .315-bore rifle, stepped out of the first car, approached Aman, and grabbed the money from him.
As the kidnappers turned back to their vehicles, the police party intercepted them. Finding self trapped, a kidnapper fired at the cops, who retaliated. The kidnappers in the Swift also fired at police and fled. One of the two first shooters escaped, while the other, Amanbir Singh of Amritsar, was caught. “A manhunt is on for his four accomplices,” said Division Number 5 station house officer (SHO) Beant Juneja.
Police seized a .315-bore rifle and 47 cartridges from the captured man, besides recovering Rs 5 lakh ransom amount, Rs 26,000 that Robin Mittal was robbed of, and seven stolen mobile phones. The Patiala event manager was reunited with his family.Orchestra owner Robin Mittal was Ludhiana for an event. He was kidnapped after he got free late night. Police have charged the accused under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 364 (kidnapping in order to murder) and 397 (robbery with an attempt on life) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).