AFTER A trial of four years, Additional District and Sessions Judge R K Jain on Wednesday convicted six persons of kidnapping Navneet Singh Chadha, a Canada-based non-resident Indian. The quantum of sentence will be pronounced on September 16.
The six accused are Anil Kumar, Pardeep Malik, Ajit Singh, Sanjeev Kumar, Sukhdev and Nitin. Another FIR for attempt to murder was registered against the five kidnappers except Nitin in which the five accused were sentenced to 10-year imprisonment last month by sessions courts in Kurukshetra.
NRI Navneet, 31, staying in Brampton, Canada, was kidnapped after he was called to Kurukshetra on the pretext of striking a property deal. He left his house in his Honda Accord car and did not come back to his house till late night. On April 10, 2012, his brother Gurmeet Singh informed the police from Canada that Navneet had been kidnapped by some unknown persons who demanded a ransom of Rs 1 crore.
The police immediately swung into action and visited the victim’s house in Sector 18 where domestic help Amit Kumar was present. He informed the police that at 2 am, he received a call from Navneet Chadha that he was sending some persons and asked him to hand over the money lying in the almirah in his room. Three persons came to the Sector 18 residence at 3.30 am and as per Navneet’s directions, Amit handed over the money to them.
During the investigation, the police traced the kidnappers and victim to Chibba village in Kurukshetra. Initially, one of the accused, Nitin, was rounded up by the police and he disclosed that five other persons were involved. He revealed during interrogation that the accused had firearms.
A Swift Dezire was also recovered from Nitin’s possession. The tubewell where the accused had kept Chadha was subsequently located and raided by the police. The remaining accused were arrested from there as well. While the police were arresting them, Anil alerted Pardeep saying the “police party has reached”. Following this, Pradeep open fired on the police.
The police recovered one .32 bore pistol and the ransom money from the accused. The police also recovered cloth strings with which Navneet was tied and a pistol with three live cartridges. After the NRI was rescued, he told the police that the kidnappers had planned to kill him by injecting something. The police recovered nine injections and five syringes along with Rs 52,50,000 and 720 Canadian dollars in two separate black bags from the rear seat of the Honda Accord car.
The accused were booked under sections 364-A (kidnapping for ransom), 34 (common intent), 432 (obstruction of public drainage), 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death), 411 (dishonestly receiving stolen property), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using a forged document as genuine), 473 (possessing counterfeit seal with intent to commit forgery), and 474 (intending to use forged document) of the Indian Penal Code.