Police to book owner of the house where victim was kept
Even a week after the sensational kidnapping of four-year-old Diya in the city, police are yet to identify the owner of house wherein the accused couple had kept the girl during 24 hours of captivity.
Diya, daughter of Major Sukhjit Singh, who was picked up by accused from outside her house in Ranjeet Enclave on the evening of February 24, was kept into house number-122 in New Defence Colony which is located close to Ranjeet Enclave.
Police sources said that the kidnappers, Satveer and his wife Meghna, had been living on the ground floor of the house for the last three months on a rent of Rs 8000.
They had procured the ground floor portion of this two-storey building through a property dealer who is yet to be identified by the police.
The sources also said that police have only got information that the landlord of this two-storey house is a resident of Ludhiana.
They also said that the landlord had not made any effort to verify the antecedents of his tenants, which is violation of orders of deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Rahul S under 144 section of CRPC Act, wherein the latter had asked the area residents to get the registration and verification of their tenants and domestic help done as soon as possible.
As per the orders, the owners were supposed to submit a detailed report about the credentials of tenants but residents usually do not follow the orders.
The DC had also warned landlords that if they do not follow these norms, they may even land in jail for a period of six months under the relevant sections.
The kidnappers had also bought two mobile sims from a local mobile phone shop, which were activated without proper verification process. The police would also register a case against the owner of the mobile phone shop.
SHO Sadar police station Onkar Singh said, "We have yet to identify the owner of the house where kidnappers had kept Diya in New Defence Colony. We would interrogate them in this regard."
The SHO said that both Satveer and Meghna are in police custody till March 5.
When contacted, DCP Rahul S said, "We would register an FIR against the house owner and the mobile shop owner for violating orders under section 144 of CRPC Act.
Diya was kidnapped by the husband-wife duo on February 24 and the very next day she was dramatically found packed in a plastic gunny bag kept in an abandoned plot in New Defence Colony, just 150 yards from the victim's house.