GNDU asst prof kid­napped, ₹3-lakh ran­som de­manded

MONE­TARY DIS­PUTE? Let­ter found from vic­tim’s room; cops sus­pect role of ‘friend’

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - PUNJAB & HARYANA - HT Correspondent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

AM­RIT­SAR: A 31-year-old as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor at Guru Nanak Dev Univer­sity (GNDU), Am­rit­sar, was kid­napped on Mon­day and a call for ₹3-lakh ran­som was made to her par­ents on Thurs­day evening, said the po­lice.

Sukhpreet Kaur, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of Hindi, left the univer­sity on Mon­day for her na­tive place in Moga’s Baghapurana but didn’t reach home, said the po­lice. Her fa­ther told the po­lice that a man had called him from Sukhpreet mo­bile phone and de­manded ₹3 lakh for her re­lease, said the po­lice, adding that a case un­der Sec­tion 365 (kid­nap­ping or ab­duct­ing with in­tent se­cretly and wrong­fully to con­fine per­son) has been reg­is­tered.

The po­lice on Satur­day found a let­ter from Sukhpreet’s room at women hos­tel in the univer­sity in which she said she was go­ing to meet Jazz­in­der Singh Virk, alias Garry, of Dashmesh Na­gar in Kharar, Mo­hali, at Dark Choco­late Room or Sub­way, both eat­ing joints, lo­cated in the mar­ket op­po­site the univer­sity.

She also men­tioned Garry’s ad­dress, phone num­ber and names of his par­ents, say­ing that he bor­rowed money from her and she was go­ing to col­lect the amount. She even men­tioned that Garry will be re­spon­si­ble if any­thing hap­pens to her.

CLUES FROM CCTV FOOTAGE

Sukhpreet knew Garry, who is now sus­pect in the case, said the po­lice. A CCTV footage shows her sit­ting with Garry in­side Dark Choco­late Room. They left the place to­gether, said the po­lice. “The sus­pect didn’t use his phone and de­manded ran­som by call­ing from Sukhpreet’s phone. We have raided his house in Kharar, but he was not there. We are on our job and he will be nabbed soon,” said a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cial.

PO­LICE DE­FEND DE­LAY IN REG­IS­TER­ING FIR

When asked about the de­lay in reg­is­ter­ing a first in­for­ma­tion re­port, a po­lice of­fi­cial said: “Sukhpreet’s par­ents were not aware that she was com­ing home and the univer­sity author­i­ties were also unaware of the kid­nap­ping. It was only when the ran­som call was made that the fam­ily came to know that she was kid­napped.

They in­formed the univer­sity author­i­ties and lodged a com­plaint with us,” added the po­lice of­fi­cial.

SUKHPREET KAUR LEFT THE UNIVER­SITY ON MON­DAY FOR HER NA­TIVE PLACE IN MOGA’S BAGHAPURANA BUT DIDN’T REACH HOME

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