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GNDU assistant prof kidnapping: After ‘suicide’ of main accused, tracing woman a tough task for cops

Cops trying to find out why the victim left the restaurant with Garry, willingly, if she suspected life risk, and how well they knew each other.

punjab Updated: Sep 22, 2017 12:57 IST
Nikhil Sharma
Nikhil Sharma
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
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Accused Jazzinder Singh Virk (left) and victim Sukhpreet Kaur.(HT Photo)

The death of accused Jazzinder Singh Virk, alias Garry, 30, who had allegedly kidnapped assistant professor Sukhpreet Kaur, 32, of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) from Amritsar on September 11, has shattered the local police’s hopes to trace the victim.

The accused’s death has left many questions unanswered in the kidnapping case of Sukhpreet, who belongs to Baghapurana in Moga district. The police was hoping to trace the victim, arrest him and solve the case. But Garry, of Kharar in Mohali, committed suicide in Amboli village of Maharashtra on Wednesday.

Garry had allegedly kidnapped the victim on September 11, but the police was informed on September 14 evening. “Accused was three days ahead of us though our teams caught up really fast. We were trailing with a diminutive distance from the accused. We were hopeful of nabbing him in Maharashtra, but he committed suicide,” said a senior police official on condition of anonymity.

“It is a blind case for us now. We are absolutely clueless about the whereabouts of the victim,” he added. The prime question that has put the police in a lurch is, why did the victim accompany the accused, with consent, if she suspected life threat.

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The victim had left a letter in her women’s hostel room, in the campus, stating that she was going to meet Garry at a restaurant opposite to the varsity to take back some money that she had lent him. She mentioned the name, address and phone number of the accused and his family, and wrote that in case anything happens to her, Garry should be held responsible.

Police found a CCTV footage revealing that the victim willingly left from the restaurant with the accused, claim the police. They stayed at a hotel in Subhanpur, Punjab, on the first night after the alleged kidnapping. Police is investigating whether the victim knew the accused well, and why she left the note suspecting harm from Garry. Police is suspecting that the accused might have killed the victim and then committed suicide.

Police found CCTV footage revealing that the victim willingly left a restaurant with the accused. They stayed at a hotel in Punjab’s Subhanpur on the first night after the alleged kidnapping.

They are yet to trace Sukhpreet, who was last seen at Dhilwan in Kapurthala district. And was later not seen in the front seats of Garry’s car in the footages captured in CCTV cameras installed at highway toll plazas of Jaipur and Vadodara. This has raised suspicion that she may have been murdered.

Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) Lakhbir Singh said, “Suicide of the accused is a major setback for the investigation. We hope that the victim is alive. We have requested police of the neighbouring states to intimate us in case they find an abandoned body of a woman”.

“Our teams are looking for the victim. The Maharashtra Police have initiated inquest proceedings there after recovery of Virk’s body.”

First Published: Sep 22, 2017 12:55 IST