The rural police claimed to have solved a kidnapping case of Siliguri-based potato trader Dulal Ghosh (39), a resident of Bhayapur in West Bengal, with the arrest of three accused from Raipur Ballan village on the Jalandhar-Pathankot highway.
The arrested accused have been identified as Parveen Singh Gora of Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir, Rahul Bazaarah of Choharpur in Nawanshahr, and Nanak Singh Bittu of Nurpur in Amritsar. The fourth accused identified as Manohar Singh of Raipur Ballan village managed to escape from the spot.
Addressing a press conference, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Harmohan Singh Sandhu, and superintendent of police (investigations) HPS Khakh said that the Siliguri police have contacted the Punjab police about the kidnapping of Ghosh on Monday morning and later Jalpaiguri SP S Yadav talked with them about the case.
They informed that within half an hour after procuring details, a team led by inspector Inderjit Singh and sub-inspector Shiv Kumar formed to rescue him.
They revealed that Ghosh had come here to purchase potato seeds from Jalandhar and when he was in Kartarpur outside TL Cold store on December 4, four car-borne persons kidnapped him and kept him inside a room near JS Cold store at Raipur Ballan village.
Further, the accused made a video of thrashing Ghosh and sent it to Ghosh’s wife Rita on WhatsApp on December 6. They also made a call to Rita’s phone on Sunday night and sought ransom of Rs 4 lakh.
Officials told that one police informer identified one of the kidnappers seen in the video sent by kidnappers to victim’s wife Rita Ghosh on WhatsApp. Later, police raided near the cold store from where Ghosh was rescued and three accused were arrested.
Sanjay Dutta, in-charge of the Dhupguri police station, said that a case under sections 364-A (kidnapping for ransom), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC.
On the other hand, inspector general of police (IG) Arpit Shukla announced a cash reward of Rs 2,500 each to Inderjit Singh and Shiv Kumar and class-1 certificate for rescuing and arresting the accused.