Fourteen years after he kidnapped a 17-year-old girl, police arrested the ‘wanted man’ who till Sunday carried a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head.
The only glitch — the minor girl he had kidnapped has since become his wife and they have a 10-year-old son from the marriage.
On December 12, 2001 the east district police had registered a kidnapping case on the complaint of a Ghaziabad resident who alleged that his minor daughter, a Class 12 student had been kidnapped. The local police had then registered a case but when they failed to nab the accused Rajesh Kumar (44), the case had been transferred to the crime branch.
A reward of Rs 50,000 was also declared for his arrest.
Police said that during investigation of past cases, they received information about Kumar who was hiding in Amritsar. A police team reached Amritsar and laid a trap after which he was arrested. At the time of his arrest, Kumar was reportedly stitching a dress in a shop, where he worked as a tailor. Police later found the kidnapped minor girl, now 31 years old, working in his house.
During interrogation, accused Kumar confessed that he had not visited his hometown for the past two decades fearing arrest in the case. In 2001, he was a tenant in East Delhi’s Farsh Bazar, where he had kidnapped his wife. Police said that at the time of his arrest, he was already married. Kumar had cut off all communication from his family members to avoid arrest.