Two rescued from kidnappers
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, November 19
The police today arrested four members of a UP-based gang of kidnappers and four persons from Haryana rescuing two persons.
The arrested have been identified as Salim (38), Imran (23), Khurshid (28) and Riyasat (25), residents Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh.
They were arrested by the cops in mufti who contacted the kidnappers of a taxi driver to give ransom to get the victims freed.
SSP Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh said the gang was busted following a complaint by Bikramjit Singh of Sultanwind Road, Amritsar.
The complainant informed that two persons approached him to hire a taxi on November 11 at a taxi stand near Guru Ram Das Hospital.
One of them introduced himself as Sandeep and said they wanted to hire a taxi for Hardwar. The taxi was hired for Rs 4,500.
Driver Lakhbir Singh, along with Sarabjit Singh of Munde Pind, Tarn Taran district, as a helper, took the two unknown persons to Hardwar. However, near Saharanpur they kidnapped the driver and the helper.
The kidnappers then contacted Bikramjit Singh, owner of the taxi, on telephone and told him that both Lakhbir and Sarabjit had been kidnapped and could be released only after getting a ransom of Rs 10 lakh.
The police party, not disclosing identity, contacted the kidnappers on telephone. The kidnappers directed them to come near the Toll Tax Barrier on the Haryana-UP border, but they did not turn up.
Later, the party was directed by the kidnappers to reach Chinkana road near a level crossing, 5 km from the barrier, towards Saharanpur side.
The police party in civil clothes reached near the level crossing and cordoned the area and overpowered four accused and rescued the kidnapped persons.
Mubarak and Imran Tunda who had hired the taxi escaped. Two made-in-China plastic pistols, mobile phones of Lakhbir and Sarabjit and an Indica car had been recovered from the arrested persons.