Af­ter DGP fe­lic­i­tates probe team, of­fi­cer says none held

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Region - Ravi Kr­ish­nan Kha­juria ravi.kha­[email protected]

: Two days af­ter Jammu and Kash­mir Po­lice direc­tor gen­eral of po­lice (DGP) Dil­bag Singh ap­pre­ci­ated the investigat­ion team for their “pro­fes­sional ef­forts and com­mit­ment” in res­cu­ing an ab­ducted boy and ar­rest­ing all the ac­cused within a few days, a state po­lice of­fi­cer on Tues­day claimed no ar­rest had been made in the case.

Anirudh Sharma, a Class 5 stu­dent, was kid­napped by uniden­ti­fied men on May 6 afternoon when he was re­turn­ing home in Samba dis­trict from Army Pub­lic School at Kaluchak in Jammu dis­trict. The 10-year-old boy was “res­cued” on May 8 from Chowadi area.

“No ar­rest has been made but we have rounded up around dozen suspects. We feel that five to six among them could be in­volved in the crime,” said the po­lice of­fi­cer, re­quest­ing anonymity.

“The iden­tity of the ac­cused has not been re­vealed as yet be­cause one or two among them are still out of reach. If the names are re­vealed, it will make our task dif­fi­cult,” he said.

The of­fi­cer said that me­dia would not have to wait for long and by Wednesday the po­lice was ex­pected to crack the case.

“Most likely we will di­vulge all the de­tails by to­mor­row (Wednesday). No ran­som was paid to the kid­nap­pers. Once miss­ing links are es­tab­lished and all the ac­cused are ar­rested, we will di­vulge the de­tails,” he said.

Some me­dia re­ports, at­tribut­ing to un­con­firmed sources, said Rs 50 lakh was paid as ran­som by the fam­ily to the kid­nap­pers be­fore they aban­doned the boy, who then was spot­ted by a re­li­gious leader on a road in Chowadi dur­ing early hours of May 8.

On Sun­day, the DGP had re­warded the teams which in­ves­ti­gated the kid­nap­ping and the abortive Ban­i­hal ter­ror at­tack cases in the state. The po­lice per­son­nel, who con­ducted the investigat­ion of the cases, were also given com­men­da­tion cer­tifi­cates and cash prize by the DGP at the po­lice dar­bar.

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