Harmeini Kidnapping Case-5-day police remand for chinar Parents record statements before Magistrate
Sukhjeevan Sharma,, INVC,, Chandigarh,, Arrested in the kidnapping case of three-year-old girl Harmeini, 22-year-old Chinar Dutt today told the police that she was unaware of the entire conspiracy and was kept in the dark about the plan. She said it was only at 5.30 pm on January 15, when the girl was kidnapped, that she got to know of the plan from her friend, Jagpal Beniwal, and was threatened all these days not to disclose anything. The police today recorded statements of the girl’s parents before the Magistrate. Both, Harish Arora and Priya Arora, parents of Harmeini, narrated the entire sequence of events to the Magistrate. The UT police today got five-day custody of the accused, Chinar, and told the court that they need to unearth the entire conspiracy and know the sequence of the crime. While seeking the remand of the accused, public prosecutor JP Singh said the custodial interrogation of the accused was required to know the sequence of the crime, to know the places where the kidnapped girl was kept and to recover the cellphones used in the crime. The police also said the co-accused, Jagpal Beniwal and Raju, were yet to be arrested. The police said it had to recover the vehicles used in the crime by interrogating Chinar. While granting five-day police custody of Chinar, the court said a lady police officer not below the rank of sub-inspector should be deployed for handling the accused while in custody. The accused will now be produced in the court on January 27 before the duty magistrate. Harmeini was kidnapped on January 15 from Hotel Royal Inn in Sector 22 by her father’s business partner Jagpal and his woman accomplice, Chinar. A financial dispute was the reason for the crime and the accused were known to the family for the past over one year. The accused demanded a ransom of Rs 60 lakh. The girl was recovered from Jind in Haryana on January 19.
They planned to kidnap me, my elder son: Girl’s father The girl’s father, Harish Arora, today said the accused, Jagpal, had planned to kidnap him but could not muster the courage, and kidnapped his daughter. “They had come to kidnap me but could not do so. They also planned to take away my elder son, Hridev. They had, in fact, asked Hridev to accompany them while they went with my daughter for a stroll on January 15. My elder son had fever and refused to go with them,” he said. “No one can trust anyone in this world. I could never imagine that he could do such a thing being our family friend,” he said.
Chinar breaks down : High drama was witnessed last night when a police team reached the Sector 3 police station along with the accused, Chinar. The accused woman broke down on seeing the girl and said she had taken good care of her. Harmeini used to address the accused as her ‘masi’.
I won’t go out with anyone again: Victim Harmeini was seen asking to meet ‘masi’ (the accused, Chinar) at Police Station, Sector 17, today. The girl said she would not go anywhere without her father and mother. She also told her parents that she spent most of the time in the past five days travelling in buses.