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Car thieves arrested, kidnapping foiled

TWO PERSONS who had looted a car (an Indica) from a taxi operator of Jhabua about a week ago were arrested in the City today. Their arrest also revealed a kidnapping plot.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 00:23 IST

TWO PERSONS who had looted a car (an Indica) from a taxi operator of Jhabua about a week ago were arrested in the City today. Their arrest also revealed a kidnapping plot.

According to Sanver SDOP Rajesh Pingloiya, driver of the stolen car Gopal Chauhan had lodged a complaint at Hatod police station about a week ago. The complaint stated that two persons had gone to Jhabua and stayed in Ashirwad Lodge for two days, claiming to be an animal husbandry officer and his assistant. Later, the two hired a car saying they wanted to go to Ujjain. Midway, they dumped the driver near Hatod and fled with the car, probably to Indore.

The police in their investigation based on the description provided by the driver and some traits of the accused found that the person claiming to be the official wrote his name as Sanjay and his father’s name as Krishnakant while changing the surname in all entry registers at their places of stay. Working on this lead the police rounded up Sanjay Mukati of Dewas from Shiv Shakti Lodge near RNT Marg who disclosed the name of his accomplices as Lakhan Singh of Pandrinath, Shoaib and Ehsaan of Bombay Bazaar.

He also gave the location of the vehicle, which he parked near Bombay Hospital.The police got suspicious from a rope, binding tape and paper-cutting knife found inside the stolen car making them believe that there was another angle to the car theft.

The milometre showed that the vehicle had also not been used much and was confined probably within City limits. Working on this line the police interrogated Mukati further and also managed to arrest Singh.

In his confession Mukati said he had masterminded the plan of kidnapping the son of a Sarafa trader who studied in Bal Vinay Mandir and had also drawn up a plan-B to be implemented if they missed their prime target by kidnapping the son of a doctor living in Saket, who was studying in Daly College. Working on this plan they decided to hire an Indica car as unlike other vehicles in the taxi line it easily passed off as a private vehicle, thereby attracting less attention and roadside checking.

They first tried to arrange a vehicle from Dhar failing which they went to Jhabua from where they eventually hired the taxi for a day. Ehsaan left for Indore after getting this work done and Mukati set off for Ujjain. Being in no particular hurry as he wanted to take possession of the vehicle during the night time he got it driven at slow speed, went to Badnagar and offered alcohol to the driver.

They then went to Ujjain from where they returned to Indore where they were joined by Shoaib and Lakhan near Mayur Hospital. They then drove aimlessly around the City and later ordered the driver to take them towards Hatod where they left him.

Their timely arrest not only solved the riddle of the missing car, but also pre-empted a kidnapping attempt. Police are on the lookout for Shoaib and Ehsaan who are absconding.