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Three held for abducting trader in Ludhiana, used toy pistol to commit crime

Had targeted others too: Accused used to impersonate policemen to commit crimes.

punjab Updated: Feb 06, 2018 16:18 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
Three held,abducting trader,Ludhiana
The three accused in police custody in Ludhiana on Monday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Police on Monday claimed to have solved a kidnapping case, revealing that the accused had used a toy pistol to abduct a shoe trader 12 days ago from outside his home, forcing him into his own car and robbing him of ₹45,000 in cash, two credit cards and mobile phone, before throwing him out of the vehicle.

Three persons accused of the crime were arrested today. Ashok Gumbar, 48, of New Model Town was abducted on the evening of January 23 while alighting from his car after returning home from work. The abductors had pushed him back into the car after threatening him with the pistol and driven off.

Manpreet Singh alias Ravi of Tajpur road, Gul Mohammad alias Golu of Janta Nagar of Dhuri and Narinder Kumar alias Rimpi of Guru Nanak Nagar of Bhamiyan Kalan had used the plastic toy pistol to carry out the crime, which was recovered by the police. Mobile phones, including one stolen from the trader, a motorcycle and ₹12,000 in cash, were also recovered.

Manpreet Singh, a history sheeter, had been lodged in jail and had been granted bail on November 3. Gul Mohammad is also facing trial in a drug peddling case, the DCP, investigation said .

Giving details of the police action, deputy commissioner of police (DCP, investigation) Gagan Ajit Singh said today that the criminals were traced through footage recorded by a CCTV from outside the house of Gumbar’s neighbour and from the areas he was driven to by the abductors.

The accused had moved from New Model Town to NH1, Jalandhar bypass, and then to Shivpuri, where Gumbar was thrown out of the car. In his hour-long ordeal in the car, he had been thrashed and robbed of all his valuables. The accused even tied him with a seat belt and gagged him with his jacket as he was being driven around.

The kidnappers had abandoned the car near Samrala Chowk on January 24 and had called up Gumbar’s son from his mobile phone, asking him to pick up the vehicle.

The accused have a history of disguising themselves as policemen and excise department officials and robbing people. In December 2017, they had robbed a man of Rs 1.21 lakh from outside Punjab Agricultural University and a case had been registered against them on December 13 last year at police station Sarabha Nagar. On December 11, disguised as policemen, they had robbed another person of Rs 1.20 lakh from Power Colony.

Manpreet Singh, a history sheeter, had been lodged in jail and had been granted bail on November 3. Gul Mohammad is also facing trial in a drug peddling case, the DCP, investigation said .

The accused were booked under Sections 365 (Kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person), 379-B (snatching) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

First Published: Feb 06, 2018 16:16 IST