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Kidnappers or timber smugglers?
Mandi police arrests three in Chandigarh
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Mandi, November 16
Though a seven-member Mandi police team has arrested three kidnappers from a house in Sector 46, Chandigarh, the police suspect that the kidnappers and the kidnapped, a person named Ghanshayam, are part of an alleged gang of timber smugglers. The police is investigating this angle as well. The kidnappers have been identified as Arvind Sharma (alias Prince), Inderjit (alias Lali), both from Chandigarh, and Bipen Kumar from Ludhiana. Ghanshayam is a resident of Dhar in Chachiot in the district.

The police team headed by the SHO, Mandi Sadar, Rajesh Kumar and ASI Jagat Ram raided the house in Chandigarh and arrested the three kidnappers and recovered Ghanshayam from their custody last night and brought them here today. They were produced before a judge, who sent them to police remand till November 19.

The police is investigating the credentials of the kidnappers and the kidnapped person under Sections 364 A, 386 and 506 IPC as the police suspect that they knew each other and are involved in some illicit timber business.

The matter came to the notice of the police after Ghanshayam's wife Indira Devi made a complaint to the police on November 14 after she received threatening calls from one Prince demanding a ransom of Rs 7 lakh for setting her husband free. They asked her to transfer the amount to account number 30138893200, SBI, Chandigarh, the police revealed.

Superintendent of Police M Chandersekhar told reporters here today that the police team showed team spirit and courage and acted swiftly to nab the kidnappers. The team got a tip-off from the calls made from a mobile telephone by one of the kidnappers to Ghanshayam's wife.

The investigating officer in the case, Rajesh Kumar, said that Ghanshayam was involved in some timber smuggling cases and the police was investigating the nexus involving the three arrested persons as they knew each other. They kidnapped Ghanshayam from Victory Tunnel, Shimla, on November 12 in an Indica car and took him to Chandigarh, he added.

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