False alarm of his ‘kidnapping’ by army captain kept the police, army on toes


CHANDIGARH,FEBRUARY 23,2019: A false message of his ‘kidnapping’ by a serving Captain of army on what’s app group  kept the senior officers of Western Command at Chandimadir near here and the Punjab Police on their toes on Friday night fearing militants involvement in the incident.

The message though later proved ‘false’, the police has booked the Captain, his friends and another group of tourists under various sections of Cr.P.C and IPC  after Ropar police ‘rescued’ Captain near village Banh Majra on Ropar-Chandigarh highway.

According to the police sources, the army captain identified as Vikram SolankI posted in Sikh regiment, presently in Uttrakhand and group of his friends returning from Kasol in Himachal Pradesh when their Polo car crashed with another Santro car behind them.  The incident occurred near Garha Mora border of Himachal Pradesh with Punjab near Kiratpur Sahib. After arguments, the Captain agreed to pay compensation to the owner of Santro car after reaching Chandigarh.

Police sources said that it was decided that two of Captain’s  friend will travel in the Santro  car to ensure that they will not flee after reaching Chandigarh. Two of Santro occupants sat in Captain’s car. However during their journey, the Captain sent a false message of his kidnapping putting army and police on alarm.  On the way they also took tea on a Dhaba.

The higher army authorities alerted Ropar police about the kidnapping. The police laid a naka and intercepted two cars near Banh Majra village AROUNF 10 PM and rescued the Captain who admitted that he sent the false message out of fear.

SSP Ropar Swapan Sharma said that Solanki and his friends Arvind Kujmar, Bal Indu Rai Rishaw Ujjwal and Raman Kumar Singh were booked under section 182 of IPC while the occupants of Centro car were booked under section 107/51 of Cr.PC. They are identified as Deepak Singh, Dharmendra Singh, Neeraj Kumar, Vishakl Kumar and Sandeep Singh.