Chandigarh /SAS Nagar, August 19: In yet another success, the Punjab Police on Friday cracked the kidnapping case of a Kharar youth in less than 48 hours after arresting three accused who had honey-trapped him.
Giving the details, the DIG AGTF-cum-Ropar Range, Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said that the Police teams have safely rescued the victim identified as Hitesh Bhumla.
Bhumla, a B.E. student at Chandigarh University Gharuan, was held captive in a drugged state in a rented apartment in Ranjit Nagar, Kharar.
The kidnappers demanded Rs 50 lakh in ransom from the boy's parents. Ajay Kadian (25) of village Jattal in Panipat, Haryana; Ajay (22) of village Aabood in Sirsa, Haryana; and Rakhi of village Baroli in Sonipat, Haryana have been arrested. In addition, the police recovered a Honda City car, five mobile phones, and one .32 bore pistol along with nine bullets from their possession.
Addressing a press conference, the DIG said that the police had received a complaint from Hitesh’s parents that their son had gone missing and kidnappers are demanding Rs 50 lakhs ransom.
Acting promptly, the Police teams registered the FIR under sections 364-A and 365 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Police Station Sadar Kharar. Following this, different police teams were formed and an intelligence-led operation was initiated.
He further informed that the team led by DSP Gursher Singh, Incharge CIA Inspector Shiv Kumar, along with teams of CIA, Kurukshetra was able to apprehend the accused and recover the victim in the early morning on Friday.
He added that District Police Ambala, Haridwar, and Ghaziabad were particularly active in finding and apprehending the accused. According to SSP Mohali Vivek Sheel Soni, during the investigation, it was discovered that the girl Rakhi had created fake social media profiles and persuaded the target into meeting her after befriending him on Instagram and Facebook. "Upon meeting, she along with her accomplices kidnapped the victim and demanded ransom from his parents to release him,” he added.
Further investigations are on, he said.