LOCAL BUSINESSMAN Karan Arora who was allegedly kidnapped by some unknown persons was found from Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh by the local police and brought to Mohali late on Saturday night.
A resident of Chhapar Chiri Khurd village in Mohali, Arora, 36, is the owner of an immigration consultancy company in Mohali. He had gone missing under mysterious circumstances on the intervening night of December 2 and 3, following which a kidnapping case was registered on the complaint of his family members.
According to the Shamli police, two local youths, Manoj and Vipin, informed the police that an unknown man was lying with his hands tied near ‘Kaali Nadi’ bridge in Shamli Kudana area, following which a team of Shamli Kotwali police reached the spot and rescued Arora.
In his statement, Arora told the Shamli police that he was allegedly kidnapped by five armed men who brought him to Shamli on Thursday and locked him inside a room but, later, abandoned him near the bridge.
“After he was identified, we informed the Mohali police, and one of their teams came and took him along. We are investigating the case, and trying to find out the identity of the people who had left him near the bridge,” said a police official from Shamli Kotwali police station.
While Arora claimed that he was kidnapped, the Mohali police suspected his statements, and was investigating whether it was a kidnapping or Arora allegedly faked it to save his skin from the moneylenders to whom he owed money.
According to sources, Arora got scared after he came to know about Amritsar-based commission agent Yashpal Setia’s suicide, following which he himself contacted his family and asked them to inform the police.
Setia’s body was found from the railway tracks in Amritsar on Saturday. Although the investigation is on to ascertain whether it was an accident or a suicide, his family members claimed that Setia had allegedly committed suicide. As per sources, Arora owed some money to Setia and the latter ended his life after coming to know about Arora’s disappearance.
When contacted, Setia’s family members told Chandigarh Newsline that they would lodge a complaint against Arora in Amritsar for abetment of his suicide.
According to police sources, Arora had recently suffered a major financial loss in his new business and he had struck a deal with Amritsar-based arhtiya but failed to return the money which was around Rs 8 crore. After this, he allegedly made plans to fake his kidnapping.
Talking to Newsline, Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said, “Arora has been brought to Mohali and he is being questioned by the local police. It is difficult to say anything at this stage, but the investigation is on.”