Police rescue 6-year-old boy kidnapped from Patiala; four arrested
Police rescued the child from a religious dera at Kamalpur village near Dirba town of Sangrur district. All four accused were arrested after police laid a trap when two of them came to deliver a ransom letter to the family. Cops nabbed them and the other accused after raiding the premises where the child was being held.Updated: Oct 26, 2016 21:43 IST
A family residing in Manjit Nagar was reunited with their six-year-old son Hartejbir Buttar who was kidnapped by four labourers in front of his house on Monday evening. The child is safe and in sound health. His father Jaspreet Singh Buttar is nothing but relieved. “It was a tough time for us. We still can’t believe that such a daring act is possible in a residential area. The effort by police is appreciable,” he said.
Police rescued the child from a religious dera at Kamalpur village near Dirba town of Sangrur district. All four accused were arrested after police laid a trap when two of them came to deliver a ransom letter to the family. Cops nabbed them and the other accused after raiding the premises where the child was being held.
The accused are aged between 16 and 21. The mastermind behind the abduction, Sandeep Singh, had worked as a construction labourer in Manjit Nagar in the past and knew the area well. The other accused are Gurpinder Singh, Parkash Singh and Rohi Ram.
“The accused were identified from CCTV footage recovered from the neighbouring house,” said Patiala zone’s inspector general of police, Paramraj Singh Umranangal, while addressing the media on Wednesday. He added, “The accused demanded `30 lakh from the family and warned them to not inform police.” According to police, the abductors took the child to Nabha before reaching Dirba on bikes.
Umranangal further said they drew a careful strategy since the safety of the child was of paramount importance. Two police teams were sent to separate areas to nab the accused.
Police said the accused were involved in cases of snatching and robbery. “The motorcycles and mobile phones used in the crime were stolen. Police have started an investigation and are trying to find out more about their past,” said Umranangal.
First Published: Oct 26, 2016 21:43 IST