Acting swiftly, police solved the kidnapping of the son of a Ludhiana industrialist on Tuesday by arresting five people and recovering Rs 4.6 crore of the Rs 5 crore ransom paid.
While Munish Barara, 26, was kidnapped on Saturday evening, the family informed the police on Sunday morning after they received the ransom call. Once the ransom was paid and the release of Munish and his driver, Hem Lal, secured in the wee hours of Monday, the police swung into action and arrested five of the seven accused.
Those arrested include a 31-year-old woman fashion designer. The ransom money was recovered from an Alto car found parked outside the Deotsidh temple in Hamirpur district in Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday morning.
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, police commissioner Paramjit Singh Gill said the accused had planned the kidnapping over the past two months after scrap dealer Gur Arpan Chauhan, the alleged kingpin who was in dire need of money, sought the help of his designer "friend" Deepali Bassi in carrying out a kidnapping for ransom. "They planned the kidnapping at house owned by Chauhan at Khanna. Police uniforms were procured and weapons were brought from Rajasthan in a car that had a blue beacon atop, last month," he said.
Kidnappers wore khaki
On Saturday, Amit and Sahil, servants of Chauhan, followed Manish's BMW car, which was being driven by Hem Lal, on a motorcycle. "Another car in which Chauhan, Tony, Sonu Chourasia and Himmat Singh were present intercepted the BMW near Doraha. The four who were in police uniform asked the two to come out of the car. Meanwhile, Amit and Sahil planted an opium bottle in the car," the police commissioner said.
When Munish objected to it, the accused overpowered the two and brought them to the Khanna house where Chauhan allegedly made the ransom call. A case was registered at Doraha police station on July 14.
SMS gives them away
An SMS sent by one of the kidnappers using Munish's phone proved their undoing and the police reached Deepali. "We raided the house at Khanna from where Chauhan, Sonu and Himmat were arrested," according to Khanna SSP S Bhupati.
The police also recovered two pistols, five police uniforms, a fake AK-47, five mobiles and a walkie-talkie set from there. As the ransom money had been sent to another state, the police of the neighbouring states were alerted.
While the five accused have been arrested, Amit and Sahil are at large.