Ludhiana, July 16, 2013 (YP Bureau)
The kidnappers of Ludhiana Industrialist Munish Brara turned out to be smart enough to kidnap a renowned and affluent industrialist and extract ransom from the family but Punjab Police and the family proved to be much smarter.
In what could be described as a laudable, successful and error-free operation under the meticulous planning by some top-bracket officers of the force, the police have not only cracked the case but recovered the ransom paid for the safe return of Brara and arrested some accused.
Though, it's not confirmed but a top-level source in the police force revealed that the revealations in the case would be quite stunning.
"The kidnapping episode was not a handiwork of some gang or mafia, it was not by an 'insider' but it was by someone so close to the family that it would be hard to believe for the people", he said.
Another source claimed that DGP Sumedh Saini personally supervised each and everything till the operation ended successfully.
Sources in the police department said that even as the family refused to talk to and face the media and police also claimed that the family had neither complained of nor filed an FIR regarding the kidnapping of their family member, the police were on their job right from the word go.
26-year old Munish Barara son of Mr. Tarun Kumar, a resident of Sarabha Nagar in the city, whose family owns an industrial unit manufacturing power transformers and other electric equipment was kidanpped by four armed men in police uniform as he was returning home from his factory in his BMW.
His car was signalled to stop by four men in uniform near Kadon village on NH-1. He was pulled out of his car and taken away in a white Maruti Swift Car.
After the incident came into light, the family maintained a distance from the media while the police maintained a discreet silence. The only response police had to the queries of the media was that the family had not lodged any complaint whatsoever.
The police remained successful in projecting the incident as 'no incident' at all.
The sources said, however, the police were in loop since the kidnapping took place and they remained in touch with the family.
As per police plan, the ransom was paid to ensure secure return of Brara. The kidnapped industrialist came back on Monday with minor injuries and bruises presumed to be inflicted by kidnappers.
Even after the safe return of Brara, neither his family nor the police revealed anything to the media.
On the trail, the police is said to have managed to nab the culprits and recover the amount of ransom.
Identity of the culprits and the amount of ransom paid and recovered are likely to be divulged by the police during a press conference.
*Photo : Cabinet minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Ludhiana Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria,