A 23-year-old man, who allegedly faked his own kidnapping to demand Rs 3 lakh from his father, was traced to Punjab’s Jalandhar, the police said Thursday.
On June 3, Delhi’s Shahbad Dairy police station received a call about the kidnapping. The police reached the spot and recorded the statement of Veer Pal Singh – the father of the man, a senior police officer said.
Mr Singh told the police that his son Aman had gone to the market on June 1 and had not returned home since, officials said.
Mr Singh told the police that he received a call from his son on June 3 who told him that he has been kidnapped and the kidnappers have demanded a ransom of Rs 3 lakh, the officer said.
He received three calls from his son, asking him to transfer the money to his bank account, they said, adding that a case was registered following that.
During the investigation, the location of the mobile phone from which Aman had called was checked and was found to be in Punjab’s Jalandhar following which a team was sent there.
The team interrogated some friends of Aman in Jalandhar. Finally, he was traced on Saturday and brought back to the national capital on Sunday, the police said.
“During the interrogation, Aman told the police that he wanted to sell a car and discussed the matter with his friend Ankit, a resident of Jalandhar, who told him that he had a purchaser for the vehicle,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (outer north) Rajiv Ranjan Singh said.
On June 1, Aman went to Hisar in Haryana where his friend Ankit, the actually owner of the car – Ravi – along with the purchaser met, the police said.
The purchaser gave Rs 2 lakh in cash to Aman but Ravi snatched the cash and fled along with the car, the police said.
The buyer then started pressurizing Aman to return his money as he had not got the possession of the car, the police said.
Aman first went back to Jalandhar along with his friend Ankit and started working in a factory as a labourer. However, since he knew that he would not be able to return the money from the salary of his job, he planned his own kidnapping, called his father, and demanded Rs 3 lakhs from him, saying that he has been kidnapped, the police said.