Free Press Journal

National-level player held for abduction sent to 1-day PC


New Delhi: A former national-level basketball player, arrested for allegedly robbing an Afghan couple and attempting to kidnap the woman, was today remanded to a day’s police custody by a court here which pulled up the Delhi Police for slapping kidnapping charge against the accused.

Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Kumar handed over Amit Singh to Delhi Police for custodial interrogation after the police sought his remand to recover the looted articles.

“One-day police custody (PC),” the court said, adding the accused be produced tomorrow.

During hearing of the remand application, the court also pulled up the Delhi Police Investigating Officer (IO) for slapping kidnapping charges against Singh.

“How can you (IO) book him under 365 (kidnapping) of IPC as your FIR and the complaint states that he (Singh) tried to pull the woman (alleged victim) inside his car.

“The complainant has also said that he (Singh) tried to pull my wife,” the judge said, while seeking clarification on the charges levelled against Singh.

Singh was arrested yesterday from his house in Freedom Fighter’s Colony in Neb Sarai in South East Delhi.

Singh is a physical training instructor in a school in Gurgaon.

“On May 26, an unidentified man tried to abduct the young Afghan woman when she, along with her husband, was going to buy medicine from a nearby market in South Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar area,” the police told the court.

Although the Afghan couple thwarted the abduction bid, the victim lost her bag containing cash, including foreign currency, as it fell in the attacker’s car during the scuffle, the IO informed the court.