‘Kidnapped’ soldier found drunk in Ludhiana hotel

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Apr 12, 2016 22:17 IST
A sobered-up Harjinder Singh (right) in the Ludhiana police custody on Saturday. (HT Photo)

Missing for the past 12 days, army man Harjinder Singh was on Saturday evening found drunk in a hotel near the inter-state bus terminus in Ludhiana.

Police took him into custody and informed his family and the army. On the statement of his brother, Harvinder Singh of Sangrur’s Nathokheri village, police had registered a case of wrongful confinement of the company havildar major (CHM). Inspector Beant Juneja, station house officer (SHO) of Division Number 5, has said the 4 Sikh Light Infantry soldier was on leave since March 22 from his unit based in Jalandhar Cantonment. Going back to duty on March 28, he went missing from the Ludhiana bus stand.

On April 4, his brother approached police, saying someone had kidnapped and confined the soldier. “The mobile phone of Harjinder Singh was switched off. When we scanned his bank account details, we found he had withdrawn Rs 10,000 from an ATM near the bus stand,” said the SHO. Police searched all the hotels in the area and found him inebriated inside Hotel Sagar, where he had checked in.

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