A five-member Punjab police team raided a house in Gehunmi Colony where two persons were confined till their parents paid up Rs 35 lakh to their abductors in Punjab.
Amardeep Singh (25) and Sujeet Singh (26) are residents of Sosper Sigga under the jurisdiction of Khumani police station in Punjab’s Fatehgarh district.
Some acquaintances lured them with the prospect of a job in Canada. The acquaintances asked Amarjeet and Sujeet to fly down from Delhi to Patna to meet a person who would take them to Canada.
The accused received them at Patna airport on February 25 and took them to Darbhanga in an SUV. During the journey they were given water laced with some drug that made them pass out. When they regained consciousness they found themselves in a room.
For about a month, they were kept at the house in Gehunmi Colony under the jurisdiction of Mabbi police outpost. They were tortured, beaten up, given sleeping pills and administered drugs through syringes till their families coughed up Rs 17.5 lakh each for their release.
Amarjeet and Sujeet were forced to call up home from a cellphone with a Canada SIM.
The tortured youths told their parents they had reached Canada and asked them to pay the money to the men who they were in talks with for the Canada trip. The parents had to sell their land and take loan from relatives to pay Rs 17.5 lakh each in ransom.
The two were released on March 24 near Mabbi on NH-57. Returning home on March 26, they lodged a case there. A police team led by Khumani police station house officer (SHO) Hans Raj is camping in Darbhanga since April 4. Accompanied by Amardeep and Sujeet, the team is here to collect evidence in the case.
Mabbi police SHO Sanjay Kumar said: “A Punjab police team led by SHO Hans Raj broke down the door of Ramraj Sahani’s house — where Amardeep and Sujeet were confined — today. The house was soundproof; all ventilators were packed with foam. The victims identified the towel they used when they were confined there. A syringe used to administer them drugs and some drug sachets were found. Before the police broke down the house, house owner Ramraj Sahani was asked to come but he switched off his phone and did not turn up, indicating a nexus between him and those involved in the crime.”
Mabbi SHO Sanjay said: “According to Sahani, the house was rented out, for a month, to Anand Sogarath of Jainagar in Madhubani. Refusing to divulge more, he switched off his cellphone. Sahani is the village head of Gholar panchayat and has crimi- nal antecedents.”