A 57-year-old city-based property dealer had a miraculous escape after his alleged kidnappers threw him into a canal with his hands tied together when he refused to pay the ransom.
Victim Krishan Kumar, who resides at New Officer Colony, told the police that he was kidnapped on Sunday when he had gone to visit his friend Jasbir Kaur at Lehal Colony in Patiala. He alleged four persons entered her house and overpowered him. Later, they forcibly pushed him into his Skoda car and took him away.
Although cops did not divulge where the victim was taken from there, they said he was thrown in the Bhakra canal near Jassowal village on Monday afternoon. He was unconscious when some locals rescued him, said police. The rescuers rushed him to a nearby hospital and informed his family and police.
In his statement to cops, the victim stated the accused had demanded Rs 10 lakh from him. When he refused, they threw him into the canal with his hands tied together. Krishan Kumar said the miscreants snatched his two mobile phones, a gold and a silver ring and Rs 10,000 besides taking away his car.
Civil Lines police station house officer (SHO) Bharpur Singh said they received information about the incident late on Monday evening. He said after verifying statements of people who rescued the victim from the canal, police have registered a case under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 382 (hurt or restraint in order to the committing of the theft), 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.
Singh said information about the stolen car, which has been registered in Kurukshetra, Haryana, and about the four unidentified suspects has been flashed to other police stations. He said further investigations were on to trace the criminals.