A day after Panchkula police solved the kidnapping case of 14-month-old,Nishant,the investigating officer of the case,Inspector Dalip Kumar claims that it was one of the toughest case he had faced in his seventeen year career. During the four month investigation,he changed the ring tone of his mobile phone to make sure that the one who was seeking ransom of Rs 10 lakh was not able to make out that he was talking to a Haryana police officer.
Though the caller proved fake,the police team took the phone call seriously. After the fake caller procured a SIM to make a ransom call to Nishants uncle,Ashu who had mentioned his phone number in an advertisement,he gave him my mobile number by saying that I was his elder brother and they need to talk to me. The trap worked and the person called me for the ransom, said SHO of Mansa Devi,Dalip Kumar,who was heading the investigations in the case.
The team head said that it was a painstaking investigation from the very beginning. First the mother of the child changed her statements about the spot where the child was stolen and few days later the family received a ransom call. I talked to the fake kidnapper over the phone many times. During all these months we gathered bits and pieces of information to zero-in on the accused,who had kidnapped the baby from Mansa Devi temple on September 28,2011, said Kumar.
The team also included,ASI Mange Ram,Constable Gurmail Singh and lady Constable Kanwaljit. Dalip and Kanwaljit were also a part of the police team that had cracked the sensational kidnapping of an infant from General Hospital in Panchkula almost two months ago.
While we were conducting investigations into Nishants case,there was a a kidnapping of a new born from the hospital in December,2011. At that time I had the additional charge of Sector 5 police station and it too was a blind case. But we were lucky in the new-born kidnapping case as we had a technical input,which helped us trace the boy. In Nishants case there was no technical lead,the only thing we had was a name and a defunct mobile number, said Kumar.
Two more held for Nishant abduction
Panchkula police have arrested two more accused involved in the kidnapping and subsequent selling of 14-month-old,Nishant,from Mansa Devi temple. We arrested Kashmir Singhs lover Arti alias Madhuri,a resident of Shish Mahal Colony,Patiala,and Jasbir Singh,to whom the child was sold, said Station House Officer,Mansa Devi Complex ,Dalip Kumar. Police have already arrested Kashmir Singh and his father Partap Singh Rampur on charges of kidnapping and human trafficking. The boy was recovered,by Panchkula police from Gurdaspur on Wednesday evening. All the four accused were produced in court on Friday,where the court ordered to send three of the accused,Kashmir,Arti and Jaspal to judicial custody at Central Jail,Ambala. The court granted one-day police remand to Partap Singh for further investigations in the case.