Ludhiana, July 16, 2013 (YP Bureau)
Acting swiftly, the Punjab police has nabbed five out of seven kidnappers of Manish Bharara son of Harminder Pal, an Industrialist and resident of Ludhiana, who along with his driver namely Hem Lal were abducted few days ago.
Those arrested include one woman Deepali Bassi, herself a fashion designer and a daughter of Mohinder Partap Bassi, an affluent businessman who has a unit at Jalandhar bye-pass here.
Disclosing this here today, Mr. Paramjit Singh Gill, Commissioner Ludhiana revealed that as the safety of the kidnapped persons was more important, so it was decided that no hasty action would be done which may otherwise jeopardize the safety of the victim.
The Police Commissioner revealed that important operational clues were found during the course of investigation and the entire state machinery under the guidance of Punjab DGP Mr. Sumedh Singh, Commissioner of Police Ludhiana and Senior Superintendent of Police, Khanna swung into action immediately after safe return of the kidnapped persons, namely Manish and Hem Lal and nabbed the main master mind Guru Arpan Chauhan son of Surinder Pal Chauhan and subsequently nabbed five out of seven accused persons who had figured in the case so far.
He disclosed that the crime was planned by 7 persons namely ;Guru Arpan Chauhan son of Surinder Pal Chauhan,. Deepali Bassi daughter of Mahinder Partap Bassi, Tonny son of Suresh Kumar, Sonu Chourasia son of Ram Dass, . Himmat Singh @ Pappu son of Gurmeil Singh, Amit Kumar son of Faqir Chand and Sahil Kumar about two months ago and they did the recce of the factory premises several times on main GT Road Doraha. They abducted Manish and his driver Hem Lal as per their plan. Among these 5 have been arrested and Amit and Sahil are still at large.
He further informed that during the course of investigation it came to the knowledge of police that two of the accused namely Amit and Sahil may escape from Punjab. All the adjoining states of Punjab were alerted along with details of accused persons and their vehicle number.
A special police team headed by Inspector Harpal Singh, SHO Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana was sent to Hamirpur in liaison with Himachal Pradesh Police to nab the accused along with photographs of accused persons and their vehicle number. The police party managed to nab the vehicle (Alto Car). However, the two accused managed to escape. Further investigation is going on to nab these culprits.
Mr. Gill said that the Police has recovered 3 .32 bore Pistols, one duplicate AK-47, 24 Cartridges of 32 Bore, 54 Cartridges 32 Bore alive , 4 police uniforms, 5 Samsung Mobile Sets, 9 mobile Sims, one Handcuff, one Walkie-Talkie Set, one Swift Car, one i20 car, one motor bike and 130 gm of gold jewellery.
It is interesting to note that Deepali Bassi was at one point of time about to be engaged to the brother of Manish Brara but the talks fell through.
Gur Arpan Chauhan, a resident of Gill Road also has big landed property, the sources said.
It has been learnt that the above persons in police uniforms halted the BMW car of Manish while he was on his way from his factory to his home in Sarabha Nagar. They enacted a drama and said that something objectionable has been found from the BMW. Acting as policemen, they then brought Manish and the driver out of the car, bundled them into another vehicle anbd drove away.
Unconfirmed sources said that an amount of Rs. 5 crore was paid as ransom. However, the police sources said that the amount recovered from the culprits was taken to a bank in Hamirpur and the process of counting of recovered money was on.
How the family and the police behaved:
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.