In a major breakthrough, the Batala police on Tuesday claimed to have solved a kidnapping case of a Dubai-returned man within few hours of the incident and arrested the prime accused.
Police claimed they have seized huge quantity of narcotics powder from the possession of the accused.
Divulging details at a press conference, DIG (border range), Amritsar, AK Mittal said on Monday night, station house officer (SHO) Kulwant Singh answered a call from one Sukhwinder Singh, a resident of Thakkar Sandhu village, that his cousin brother Jaswinder Singh, who had returned from Dubia a few months back, was kidnapped by five Swift car-borne persons from near Gurdwara Sahib on Monday night. The incident took place when the victim and the complainant were on their way back home from the gurdwara.
Two accused had been identified by the complainant as Surjan Singh, a resident of Rampur village, and Kali, a resident of Qadain, said the DIG.
Following the complaint, police registered a case under sections 364A (kidnapping for ransom), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Arms Act.
Police have sounded a red alert in the area.
After a tip-off, a police team led by Qadian deputy superintendent of police (DSP) laid a check post (naka) near Tatla and intercepted a car, said the DIG.
However, when police try to stop the car, the car-borne people opened fire at them in which head constable Ramesh Kumar sustained bullet injuries, said Mittal, adding that the police team returned fire too, but the accused managed to flee.
During an overnight search operation conducted by SP (investigation) Amrik Singh Powar and DSP (city) Ravinder Pal Singh Dhillon, police arrested the prime accused, Surjan Singh, when he was trying to breach a police naka near Kohar village, said the DIG, adding that the other four accused managed to flee.
During a search, police seized 100 gram of heroin and 260 gram of narcotics powder from Surjan’s possession.
Mittal said more than half a dozen police teams were working round the clock and conducting raids at all possible hideouts of the accused. He said the other accused would be arrested soon.