To avoid people he owed money to, SAS Nagar businessman Karan Arora, 36, had faked his kidnapping only to confess later that he had left the city on his own. Arora, a resident of Chhapar Chiri Khurd village in SAS Nagar, who has close links with high-profile people, including a number of IAS and IPS officers of Punjab and Chandigarh, owns an immigration consultancy company and a rice-sheller at Payal in Khanna.
Arora, who reportedly has a financial liability of more than Rs 30 crore towards arhtiyas and banks. Arora was missing since December 2 and his car with blood stains and a broken windowpane was found abandoned near his house next morning.
“I was kidnapped by three persons who took me to Uttar Pradesh,” Karan Arora had initially told the police. But, he retracted soon, stating that he had left the city on his own as he was under stress. Interestingly, Arora was found with a tape on his mouth and hands tied in Shamli village of Uttar Pradesh.
As per the police, after dropping his friend Chamkaur Sahib SHO Ravinder Pal Singh at about 12:45am, Arora parked his car near his house and broke its windowpane. He then left for Manali where he stayed for two days, then he went to Panipat. As he came across the news of suicide by an arhtiya of Amritsar, Jaspal Setia, he left for Shamli to give his disappearance the colour of kidnapping.
“Karan was not kidnapped. He left on his own as he was under stress. Arora’s medical report confirms that he is under stress,” said SAS Nagar SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar. “We are in the process of cancelling the FIR,” he added.
May land in trouble over Arhtiya’s suicide
Police sources said Arora may land in trouble in connection with the suicide by arhtiya Jaspal Setia, 58, who reportedly had given Rs 8 crore to the former for investment in the rice-sheller. Since Setia had borrowed the money from commission agents, he was under tremendous pressure and he lost hope of getting it back when he came to know that Arora had gone missing.
Family avoids media
Arora’s palatial house here wore a deserted look as the family avoided mediapersons.