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Hotelier’s son kidnapped, rescued

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Ludhiana, December 2

The Ludhiana Police Commissionerate, led by Commissioner of Police (CP) Rakesh Agrawal, today cracked the kidnapping case of a two-and-half-year-old child in less than 20 hours and arrested one of the accused.

The victim, identified as Vinamr, is son of Pankaj Gupta, owner of Keys Hotel, Pakhowal road. The arrested accused has been identified as Rashpal Singh, a resident of Moga. The other three accused, including the kingpin, who is the driver of the hotelier, identified as Harjinderpal Singh of Fazilka, and his two accomplices, identified as Lal Singh of Zira and Sukhdev Singh of Fazilka, are absconding.

The police have also recovered two cars, a Maruti Swift Dzire (of the hotelier) and Volkswagen Polo, .32 bore revolver, single barrel gun, .12 bore double barrel gun, air pistol, besides a huge amount of ammunition from Rashpal Singh.

The CP said during a press conference today, Gupta, a resident of SBS Nagar, lodged a complaint that his son, who had gone for a ride with his driver Harinderpal Singh in his white Maruti Swift Dzire had been kidnapped. His wife got a call on her mobile phone. The caller told her that her son had been kidnapped, and demanded Rs 4 crore for his release, failing which he threatened to kill the child.

Harinderpal had been working as a driver with the hotelier for the past three years.

Agrawal said the kidnapper forbade the parents from informing the police. The police immediately brought the matter into the notice of Dinkar Gupta, DGP, Punjab, and started the search operation.

The DGP asked Ishwar Singh, ADGP, Law amp; Orders, Punjab, to put up a naka throughout Punjab and all districts were put on high alert, while RN Dhoke, ADGP, Internal Security, Punjab, personally supervised the operation.

The Police Commissioner said during the investigation it came to light that the driver, along with three accomplices, had conspired the kidnapping of the child. In 2010, Harinderpal was also involved in a kidnapping-cum-murder case of a child in Fazilka.

"Moga was traced as the driver's last location, so the police had cordoned off the entire city. The child was rescued from Moga in an abandoned Volkswagen Polo near the Dagru railway crossing, while one of the kidnappers was nabbed near the car.



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