Five people have been arrested in connection with the alleged murder of a lab technician who was kidnapped about a month back in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur, say police. The cops informed the family of the deceased on Thursday evening about the man's death, however, his body was yet to be recovered.
Taking cognizance of the case, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath cracked whip on the lax officials and ordered suspension of four police personnel with immediate effect. The suspended cops include Barra Police Station SHO Ranjeet Rai, Police outpost in-charge Rajesh Kumar, ASP Aarna Gupta and the then Circle Officer Manoj Gupta.
Meanwhile, an enquiry has been initiated into the matter of Rs 30 lakh that were allegedly given by the deceased's family as ransom to the kidnappers. According to the latest orders, the new ADG Police Head Quarters BP Jogdand will further probe into the missing sum of money.
Family members of the deceased technician have been alleging since the start that the police forced them to arrange Rs 30 lakh, put them in a bag and then hand them over to the kidnappers, in order to nab the culprits.
However, according to the family members, the kidnappers escaped with the money in front of the cops, after which SSP Kanpur Dinesh Kumar met the victim's family and assured them of the recovery of the youth within four days. In contrary, police officials have been claiming that the deceased's family members did not give any money to the kidnappers.
Hitting out at the UP Police, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that law and order situation in the state has been failing badly.
उप्र में कानून व्यवस्था दम तोड़ चुकी है। आम लोगों की जान लेकर अब इसकी मुनादी की जा रही है।घर हो, सड़क हो, ऑफिस हो कोई भी खुद को सुरक्षित महसूस नहीं करता।विक्रम जोशी के बाद अब कानपुर में अपहृत संजीत यादव की हत्या। खबरों के मुताबिक..1/2 pic.twitter.com/SGFRLstgrT— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) July 24, 2020
Speaking to reporters, SSP Kanpur Dinesh Kumar said that a team of Crime Branch and Surveillance Cell was formed to probe the case and few people had been detained including two of the deceased's friends.
"On June 23, missing compliant of a man, Sanjeet Yadav was registered at Barra Police Station and on June 26 an FIR was registered. His family received a ransom call on June 29 and based on probe some people have been taken into custody including his two friends. During interrogation, they revealed that the victim was murdered by them on 26-27 June & the body was disposed off in Pandu river. Teams have been formed to recover the body," Kumar said.
The kidnapped and deceased Sanjeet, a resident of Barra police station area, was a lab technician in a hospital. On the evening of June 22, he left the hospital but did not reach home.
A week later, on June 29, his family received the first call for ransom following which, Sanjeet's father Chaman Lal informed the police about it.
After noting the number, the police instructed the family to talk to the kidnappers for a long time whenever they got a call next. However, the police and surveillance cell allegedly could not trace the kidnappers, who were constantly threatening to kill the young man for not giving the ransom money.
Chaman Lal, who runs a small pan shop, said that he had somehow arranged Rs 30 lakh at the behest of the police yet they could not catch the kidnappers.
"I threw the bag full of rupees from the top of the Gujini Bridge in the presence of the police, keeping the money in the bag given by the police. The kidnappers escaped with the bag and the police could not catch the kidnappers, on the contrary the police started pressuring the family to say that there was no money in the bag," he said.