With the recovery of Rs 17 lakh from YAD general secretary Malwa Zone-1 Kalyan Singh Grewal Saturday, the total amount recovered by the police has reached to Rs 72 lakh. Son of SGPC member Sukchain Singh Dharampura, Kalyan was arrested by the Mansa police along with his cousin Gurpreet Singh two days ago on the charges of kidnapping Budhlada-based fibre glass manufacture Chiman Lal Bansal and was sent to police custody by the local court Friday.
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Till Friday, Rs 55 lakh was recovered and today more money was found,” confirmed police sources. Different teams are probing the case and police is confident to recover the full ransom amount of Rs 1 crore soon which Bansal’s family had paid to get him freed.
“We saw a 35-feet deep bunker with an attached toilet within the premises of the Baba Sukhchain Singh BEd college and interestingly it was filled with water after Bansal was released and we have been told that it was constructed as part of biogas plant. We are working on this as well and moreover the college building is also under the scanner as we saw no students despite our repeated visits to the college, though a principal has been appointed. So, we need to see whether students were actually studying in the college or they were just dummies.”
“Kalyan and Gurpreet will be produced in court on Sunday morning whereby police will seek for an extension of their custody to find out more details,” the DSP said.
Meanwhile, it needs to be mentioned that despite being an office bearer of the ruling party – no youth Akali Dal leader or Shiromani Akali Dal has reacted over this incident. The Indian Express tried contacting Rozy Barkandi, president of Malwa Zone -1 of YAD – the man who had appointed Kalyan as general secretary, however, he could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. Rajya Sabha MP Balwinder Singh Bhunder who hails from Mansa and is a senior SAD leader was also not available for comments. SAD leaders so far have distanced themselves from this case while police maintained that there is no political pressure on them.