The “mastermind” behind the kidnapping of Surender Phogat, the Station House Officer (SHO) of Gurgaon’s Sector 29 police station, around two months ago, has been arrested, said police Sunday. “The accused, Islamuddin, was arrested by Delhi Police last week in relation to another crime, and was taken by Gurgaon Police for questioning on a production warrant,” said Subhash Boken, PRO of Gurgaon Police.
“During questioning, he confessed to being responsible for the abduction,” he added.
Four others were earlier arrested in connection with the abduction. During questioning, police said they had revealed that on the day they kidnapped Phogat, Islamuddin had sent them to Sushant Lok to steal a car but their plan was foiled after Phogat confronted them.
Phogat had claimed that he confronted the men because he found their behaviour “suspicious”, since they were standing by the side of the road and closely observing passing vehicles. He had instructed them to get into his Swift, in which he was travelling alone, with the intention of taking them to the police station. However, they overpowered him and held him captive for several hours, said police.
They finally released him near Mathura, but made away with his Swift and mobile phone. They had also withdrawn money using his ATM card.
Police said that on further investigation, it was found that Islamuddin has around 28 cases registered against him, including for looting and attempt to murder.