After drones, police now hire divers to trace kidnapped GNDU prof
Search operations conducted by police teams in various towns of the state, including Subhanpur, Beas and Harike.punjab Updated: Sep 30, 2017 13:54 IST
The mysterious kidnapping of a Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) assistant professor continues to give sleepless nights to the local police. After pressing drones into action, Amritsar police has now hired private divers to trace 32-year-old Sukhpreet Kaur.
Apprehensive about the victim’s fate, the search operations were conducted by police teams in various towns of the state, including Subhanpur, Beas and Harike, on Thursday and Friday.
“Search operations were held in the vicinities of the hotel where the two had stayed in Subhanpur, railway tracks, riverine areas and canals. We are suspecting that the accused killed her and later committed suicide. Since she was last seen in Dhilwan, searches were conducted in nearby areas also,” said a senior police official, and added, “Mystery is deepening. The chances of tracing Sukhpreet are fading with every day passing. We are, however, leaving no stone unturned to trace her.”
The police investigation had hit a roadblock when Kharar resident Jazzinder Singh Virk, alias Garry, 30, who had allegedly kidnapped Sukhpreet, committed suicide in a guesthouse at Amboli village in Maharashtra on Wednesday.
According to police, Sukhpreet and Garry had stayed in a hotel in Subhanpur on the first night of the kidnapping. Sukhpreet was, however, last seen at Dhilwan in Kapurthala district, but was not in Garry’s car in the CCTV footages from toll plazas of Jaipur and Vadodara.
Police had earlier used drones to locate her. Since the accused travelled to Pinjore, the drones were sent down hills in the areas bordering Himachal to find if the body was dumped.
Sources in the police said marriage was on the cards for the accused with a Ropar girl, but was eventually called off the Prime Minister announced demonetisation on November 8 last year.
Police said they are waiting for their Maharashtra counterparts to handover them the car of the accused for forensic examination. Lakhbir Singh, Amritsar ADCP said there is a possibility that the body of the victim, if murdered, might have been dumped inside the boot of the car.