Delhi Police said Tuesday that their investigation into the abduction of a 50-year-old Assam doctor, Hemhari Pegu, showed that an Itanagar councillor, who they suspect to be the mastermind, was present in Delhi from September 19 to 23. Police said the councillor left the city on September 24, hours after Pegu’s abduction from Chanakyapuri.
Police said the councillor along with his associate had purchased two mobile phones from Khan Market —they have CCTV footage to back their claim — and used these to make the ransom calls. Joint Commissioner of Police (Central Range) S K Gautam said that the councillor was staying in Assam Bhawan. “He went to Khan Market along with a woman, where they purchased the phones,” he said.
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Sources said on scanning the councillor’s call records, police found that he was in constant touch with Sharad Pandit alias Pandey, who has a police record. Police said Pandey is on the run.
“He met Pandey after he arrived in Delhi and spoke to him twice after Pegu’s abduction,” said a police source. Police sources said Pandey teamed up with gangs from NCR to abduct Pegu. They released him on Monday morning at the Jaipur airport and gave him money to buy a ticket.