A local court convicted the six accused in the case involving kidnapping of a Canada-based NRI in April 2012. The sessions Judge RK Jain, held Pradeep Malik, Sanjeev Kumar, Anil Kumar, Ajit Singh, Nitin and Sukhdev guilty in the case.
The NRI, Navneet Singh Chatha, was kidnapped for Rs.1 crore ransom. A crime branch team rescued him after an extensive operation in a Kurukshetra village within a few hours. The UT police had arrested the six on charges of kidnapping, robbery and wrongful confinement.
The NRI’s brother, also a Canadian resident had received the ransom call.
Sanjeev Kumar alias Soni owned the farmhouse where the victim was held. A trap was laid there and after an exchange of gunshots the police nabbed the accused.
The UT police recovered Rs.12.5 lakhs, 300 Canadian dollars, the victim’s car and 2 mobile phones. Recording Chatha’s statement the NRI identified Pradeep Sanjeev, Anil and Ajit Singh by the colour of their shirts.
He failed to identify the other two, Nitin and Sukhdev.