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Chandigarh: 2 days on, 4 held for kidnapping boy | Chandigarh News


CHANDIGARH: The UT police on Thursday claimed to have arrested four accused for kidnapping a 15-year-old boy for a ransom of Rs 50 lakh. Their fifth accomplice is on the run. Ankit was kidnapped near Manimajra railway crossing on the morning of June 15.
UT SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal said, “The arrested are Pankaj Gupta, 28, his brother Vishal, 24, residents of Kishangarh village, Rajat, 21, and Mukesh Kumar, 24, both of Ram Darbar. Their aide, Ajay Sharma, is at large. Pankaj, Vishal and Mukesh are recovery agents with a private bank.”
Pankaj and Vishal knew the boy’s family as they are neighbours.
“The accused were facing financial problems due to the lockdown, were addicted to online games like PUBG and Free Fire and finding it difficult to repay loans. Pankaj had also invested money in online schemes and suffered losses,” the SSP added.
The mastermind of the kidnapping was Pankaj, who, along with four others, had hatched the plan.
When Ankit was near Manimajra railway crossing, Ajay, Mukesh and Rajat reached there in a white Maruti Brezza car bearing fake Haryana registration number and pulled him in at gunpoint. Using Ankit’s cellphone, they made a call to his family, demanding Rs 50 lakh to release him. After committing the crime, they affixed the original number plate on the car. In the meantime, Pankaj and Vishal pretended to help Ankit’s family in tracing him. They accompanied his father, Churamani, to the police station and even talked to the kidnappers and told them that they were arranging the ransom amount. Simultaneously, they were apprising their accomplices of the goings-on.
When police intensified their efforts, they got scared and fled after abandoning Ankit at Baltana, Zirakpur, the SSP said.
The boy was recovered unharmed.
After recording the statements of Ankit and his father, Manimara police had registered a case.
During investigation, the police recreated the crime scene and scrutinized the footage of CCTVs in Baltana and Panchkula. They zeroed in on a Brezza car and traced its owner to Panchkula. The car owner, Rohit Sharma, told the cops that his brother Ajay, who lived in Baltana, was using the vehicle. Police then made the first arrest of Mukesh, who revealed the names of other accused.
Cops said, “Pankaj and Vishal were very close to the boy’s family. They knew that Churamani’s daughter was getting married in October. Thinking that he had enough cash and gold jewellery, they went ahead with their plan.”
The four were produced before a local court that sent them in four-day police remand.
“They will be questioned about Ajay and the pistol and the knife used to kidnap the boy,” said a cop.





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