A B-Tech graduate “mastermind” was among two people arrested on Sunday in the case related to the kidnapping of Sanvi Gupta (7), daughter of a local businessman.
Getaway cars — a Hyundai Verna and a Maruti Zen — besides two motorcycles and a pistol, were seized from accused Deepak Kumar ‘Deepa’ of Mohindra Colony and Ajay Verma of Raj Colony, say police. Engineering-degree-holder Deepak is known to Sanvi’s family as a plumbing contractor who buys material from its shop. The alleged accomplice is a former jeweller who turned to selling clothes.
Ropar range deputy inspector general (DIG) Gursharan Singh Sandhu and senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurmeet Singh Chauhan again claimed before the media that Sanvi’s family had paid no ransom for her release, even though it had gone to handover Rs 2 lakh cash and 2-kilogram gold. “Deepak failed to execute his plan but managed to dodge police by dividing his team into two to set the cops after the callers. He knew the girl’s family had good money,” said the DIG
After grabbing the girl off a rickshaw, the kidnappers parked their Verna —borrowed from a relative on the pretext of attending a function — in a shop-cum-garage on the Sular road. “Locking the girl inside the car with the air-conditioner running, they shut the garage and slipped away on two motorcycles — one group to the industrial area, while the other to make ransom calls. They were switching locations frequently. Once we knew there were two teams and not which one had the girl, we were in a dilemma to act,” said the SSP.
Someone from Sanvi’s family went to the factory area to drop the moneybag and gold but the gang didn’t come to collect it. “It rang up the family and threatened payback for involving police, who had by now sealed every exit,” said the SSP, adding: “We had them under pressure, so they returned to the garage, put the girl in a Zen car and dropped her at a secluded place. We have the security-camera footage of area for evidence.”
Police say the accused were planning to leave the city. The mobile phone from which they made the ransom calls is one they had snatched from a migrant worker outside Rajindra Medical College. Accused Deepak holds a B-Tech degree from RIMT College, Patiala. Police said he had started working on this plan a month ago. He involved Verma, who advised him to ask for gold, as that would be easy to carry and sell. Otherwise, Deepak was to seek `50 lakh,” said SSP Gurmeet Singh Chauhan.
The DIG lauded the SSP and his team that cracked the case and said he would recommend DGP’s commendation for all its members.