Kidnapping, with a difference
KIDNAPPING IS usually carried out for extorting money. But this incident turned out to be different as kidnappers took away four persons to force them to accept money (for votes).india Updated: Jan 09, 2006 00:56 IST
KIDNAPPING IS usually carried out for extorting money. But this incident turned out to be different as kidnappers took away four persons to force them to accept money (for votes).
The drama got unfolded at the Police Lines today following the return of the four zila panchayat members owing allegiance to Bahujan Samaj Party, who were allegedly abducted late on Friday night from a house in Sohbatiabagh locality.
As if this was not enough. Here are some more interesting things to narrate. The abductors walked out of police station after dumping their catch at a police station without being nabbed?
Believe it or not, it did happen at Shankargarh police station on Saturday night.
The four zila panchayat members came back after being released by their tormentors at the Shankargarh police station. On its part the Shankargarh police brought them to the George Town police station late on Saturday night.
After being made to sleep at the police station they were brought to the Police Lines from where they were set free in the presence of a large number of BSP leaders and mediapersons.
The victims identified as Deena Nath, Lal Bahadur, Krishna Kumar Pal alias Umesh Pal (brother of Pooja Pal) and Hanumant Prasad Pal were allegedly lifted forcibly from a house in Sohbatiabagh at gun point. Blind folded they were first taken in a Gypsy and another vehicle to some unknown destination by some cops and palinclothed men.
The men in civilian dress were masked. After a short drive they were taken to a building in a lift. "We were all ushered in a room, said Umesh Pal while talking to HT Live.
Inside the room Keshav Prasad Kannaujia another zila panchayat member shook hands with us. Each of us were offered Rs 4-6 lakh for our votes and we were asked to cast votes in favour of Samajwadi Party candidate Rekha Singh," they said. "When we refused, we were bashed up. We were all blindfolded again and made to sit in vehicles after the kidnappers realised that we won't budge," said Umesh.
We were taken to another house after nearly two-hour drive.
We were given food and asked to stay put. The kidnappers kept talking about some vidhayakji and sansadji without taking their name. Late on Saturday evening we were dumped at the Shankargarh police station, said Lal Bahadur.
When asked about the cash which police was showing had been recovered from their possession, Umesh Pal said it was the handiwork of the cops, who were trying to nail us in connivance with the ruling party leaders by showing that we had accepted bribe.
Police and the administration, he said, were dancing to the tune of the State Government which had a role in our kidnapping, he alleged.
Meanwhile, DIG Akhilesh Mehrotra told HT Live that a sum of Rs 4.20 lakh had been found from the possession of the four members.
They were found by the Shankargarh police under suspicious circumstances at Shirajpur turning by the police. Since police were looking for them they were brought to the police station where during search the cash was found in their possession, said the DIG.