Punjab News Mystery shrouds kidnapping of commission agent’s son

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Malout, June 19

Mystery shrouds the kidnapping of a 20-year-old son of a local commission agent for a ransom of Rs 3 crore from his family.

As the issue brewed tension in Bathinda, Muktsar and Sirsa districts, IGP (Bathinda zone) Rohit Chaudhary took the monitoring of the case in his hand. Though the family refused to divulge details to the media, sources said the boy, Nandan Nagpal, was a student of Khalsa College, Chandigarh.

On Thursday, he was on his way to Malout in his Honda City when around 8.45 pm he called up his family and informed that he had reached Bathinda. After sometime, he again called up his family and said after staying at his friend’s house in Bathinda, he would reach Malout on Friday. But on Friday, the family received a call from Dabwali in Haryana that some registration documents of a car bearing their address were lying on the roadside. They rushed to the spot (near Alika village on the Dabwali-Sirsa road) and found the documents belonging to Nandan’s car.

During a search operation, they found Nadan’s car at a distance of about 3 km from the location, where the documents were lying. They reported the matter to the Dabwali police, following which the Haryana police registered a case. Meanwhile, the Muktsar police also swung into action and constituted various teams.

According to the police, Raj Nagpal, the boy’s father, stated to the police that immediate after Nandan informed that he was in Bathinda and would come to Malout on Friday, his phone got switched off. Further, Nadan’s kin also informed the police about receiving a ransom call for Rs 3 crore on Friday.Working on various theories, the Haryana police constituted three teams and rushed them to Chandigarh, Malout and Bathinda.

A police team reached Bathinda to investigate the matter. Speaking to the media, the investigation officer said they were in process of collecting clues to crack the mystery. However, he did not confirm the ransom call but maintained, “It cannot be ruled out that after giving shape to some criminal act in Punjab, the accused took the car to Haryana to mislead the probe.”

On the other hand, a senior official in the Muktsar police said the call made by Nandan to his family claiming to be at Bathinda was a bogus call.

Muktsar SSP Inder Mohan Singh said, “We have been probing the matter on various theories but due to some reasons, nothing can be disclosed to the media.”

Despite repeated attempts, IG Rohit Chaudhary could not be contacted for his comment.
 
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