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Posted at: May 20, 2017, 2:41 AM; last updated: May 20, 2017, 2:43 AM (IST)

Amritsar doctor kidnapped, freed after kin pay Rs 7.5 lakh

What transpired

  • Dr Sharma said he left his hospital in an XUV around 7.30 pm on Thursday and went to a nearby shrine to pay obeisance. While returning home, a car intercepted him.
  • When he stopped his vehicle, three persons came out of the car and asked him to write a prescription for an injured person. While he was examining the person, they pulled him out of the XUV at gunpoint and pushed him to the rear seat.
  • Then they started thrashing him and took him to a secluded place near Loharka. They demanded Rs 2 crore as ransom. Later, they asked him to call up his wife. One of the accused went to his house in his XUV to take Rs 7.5 lakh as advance. The doctor was released around midnight.
Amritsar doctor kidnapped, freed after kin pay Rs 7.5 lakh
Dr Munish Sharma (left) addresses the media in Amritsar on Friday. Tribune photo: Vishal Kumar

PK Jaiswar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 19

A private hospital owner, Dr Munish Sharma, was kidnapped by Gopi Ghanshampuria and other gangsters late last evening when he was returning home in the Ranjit Avenue here from Ajnala.

Ghanshampuria is an accomplice of gangster Vicky Gounder, who had escaped from the Nabha jail last year.

Dr Sharma, who runs a hospital at Ajnala, was released by the gangsters after his family paid a ransom of Rs 7.5 lakh. The gangsters asked him to hand over Rs 60 lakh more by Monday and threatened to kill him and his family in case he failed to give the same.

ADGP (Law and Order), Rohit Chaudhary, along with the Police Commissioner, visited his house. He assured the family of full security and support. He also assured that the accused would be in the police net soon as they were working on certain leads.

Fear was writ large on the face of Dr Munish Sharma who had injury marks on his face. He was brutally thrashed by the gangsters in the custody.

While talking to The Tribune, Dr Sharma said he left the hospital at around 7.30 pm and went to a nearby shrine to pay obeisance. He said while returning home, when he reached near Bhala Pind, a car coming from behind signaled him with dippers.

“I thought they were seeking a passage and therefore I slowed down and moved my vehicle to the side. However, the car driver started honking. Then I thought that they may be some known persons and I stopped my XUV,” he said. “Three persons came out of the car. One of them had bandage on his head. They asked me to write a prescription for a scan of the injured,” he said. He said when he was examining him, they pulled him out of the XUV and pussed him to the rear seat of his vehicle at gunpoint.

He said they started thrashing him and took him to a secluded place near Loharka. They demanded Rs 2 crore as ransom. He said when he expressed his inability to give such a huge amount, they again started beating him. They asked him to call his wife and one of accused, identified as Supreet Harry, went to his house in his XUV to take the money. He was released by them at around 12 midnight.

He said the accused had two bags, one containing pistols and other a huge quantity of ammunition. “I thought the gangsters would not leave him alive even after taking the ransom amount,” he said.

When he returned home, his relatives informed the police, following which senior police officials reached his residence to investigate.

Rohit Chaudhary said, “The Punjab Police is very serious about the problem of gangsters and appropriate measures are being taken to nail them. The police have prepared the records of gangsters which have been circulated to all police stations so that they could be arrested soon.”

Gurdaspur: The police suspect that gangster Vicky Gounder is hiding in the Amritsar-Batala-Gurdaspur belt. He was allegedly involved in a shootout in Gurdaspur on April 20 in which he and his four accomplices had gunned down three members of a rival gang.

Gopi Ghanshampuria, who allegedly kidnapped Dr Sharma, is also an accused in the shootout case. Among the others involved were Sukh Bhikhariwal, Happy Chadha and Gyan Kharlan. All are still at large.

With inputs from Ravi Dhaliwal

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