On Tuesday, an aspiring singer and a 25-year-old boy have been arrested by police for kidnapping a minor from greater Mohali's Kurali village. Named Sahil Verma, the kidnapper is a resident of Sonipat, Haryana and was currently residing at a rented accommodation in Punjab's Paprali village.
The investigators were told by the accused that the kidnapping of the child was done to extort money which they needed for release of their Punjabi album. Sahil wanted to make it big in the industry and was even taking music classes. The accused had released a music video in the year 2016.
He also wanted to shift his base to Mumbai for his music album but was running out of finances which made him indulge into this crime. The kidnappers were eyeing a hefty ransom.
SSP Harcharan Singh Bhullar said that the accused has bought a Maruti 800 car 15 days before kidnapping the boy. He then used to visit the boy at a stadium near Kurali where he used to go in order to befriend him. On April 6, the accused offered the boy an ice-cream and in return asked him to get into his car.
Following which, the accused took the boy Ashish Jot Singh to a hotel in Ludhiana where the spent the whole night. Amid this, the accused called Ashish's mother for a 2 lakh ransom if they wanted their child's safe return. When the kidnapper realised that this call could help the police trace his location, he left his car and fled the spot.
On April 7, Punjab police rescued the minor from Ambala railway station and in less than two days, the boy led the police to the accused who was then arrested.