Additional District and Sessions Judge,Rajesh Garg,on Wednesday sentenced a 36-year-old man to three-years rigorous imprisonment,while imposing a fine of Rs 5,000 on him for kidnapping a 7-year-old boy from Ramgarh last year.
The court sentenced the accused,Virendar Kumar,after holding him guilty under section 363 of IPC for kidnapping 7-year old Vijay from Ramgarh. The court imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the convict and held that in case he defaulted on the payment of the fine,he would have to undergo simple imprisonment of one month. The court also held the sentence undergone by the accused during investigation shall be set off from the sentence awarded in the case.
Kumar,is already in prison since February 18,2012 when he was arrested on charges of kidnapping. The accused,who was the kidnapped boys neighbour,is originally from Khadi Purva,Gokul Behra,Handoli area of Uttar Pradesh and was booked by police on 3 February 2012.
A case was registered against the accused at Chandimandir police station for kidnapping the boy,later demanding ransom from his family and for resorting to criminal conspiracy with three others including his wife. The court had,however,earlier acquitted Kumars wife,Raj Kumari,and the other two accused in the case.
As per the prosecution,the accused kidnapped the boy from Ramgarh and later took him to Punjab and Pinjore area in Panchkula before releasing him from Pinjore after demanding a ransom of Rs 5 lakh. Also,the prosecution added that the accused called the boys father to demand ransom,for which the boy gave a statement to the court identifying Virendar Kumar.
However,the defence argued that the accused did not have the mobile number the police had told belonged to him and neither had it been proved as to whose number it was. The police in its challan filed against the accused had informed the court that the boy was taken out after being lured with snacks and was later taken to Lohgad on Pinjore-Baddi road from where he was later released after a ransom deal was fixed with the family.