Jaipur-based jeweler’s wife rescued

NEW DELHI. A joint team of Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan police on Sunday rescued the wife of a Jaipur-based diamond merchant who was abducted 17 days ago, according to a February 23 report in the Times News Network. Seven persons involved in the abduction have been arrested.

Sixty-year-old Sumedha Durlabhji was abducted from Jaipur on February 6. She was held in a house in sector 19, Faridabad. The abductors had demanded a ransom of Rs 2.5 crore. Early on Sunday, the police arrested three abductors; Rajiv Ranjan, Ajay Kumar Singh and Abhay Singh from D block of Vasant Kunj. They had rented a flat there. “Their interrogation led us to the Faridabad house where the rest of the abductors; Anil Kumar, Pramod Pratap, Raju Kumar Singh and Umesh Kumar were guarding the victim,” additional commissioner of police (crime) Qamar Ahmed said. The Maruti Esteem used for the abduction was also seized. The police said the mastermind was Ajay Kumar Singh, who is wanted in another case of abduction.

Singh had fought the 1991 Lok Sabha election on a Samajwadi Janata Party ticket from Chatra. He had lost to Upendra Nath Verma. Ajay Kumar Singh owns a house in Vasant Vihar. A postgraduate in ancient history, he used to manage a glass-making factory in Bihar. He had planned to start a new business with the ransom money. Joint commissioner of police (crime) U K Katna said: “The abductors also made Sumedha write two letters to her family, to inform them that she was alive.” Deputy inspector-general (Jaipur range) Ajit Singh said Sumedha was abducted when she had gone for a morning walk near the Jaipur University campus. “A guard had escorted her. As soon as he left, four of the accused stopped the Esteem and pushed her inside. One of the abductors was armed.”

Speaking to Times News Network, superintendent of police (Jaipur south) Sanjay Agarwal said Sumedha was fine. Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, who was monitoring the police operation, spoke to Sumedha over phone and expressed happiness on her rescue. The police are also searching for other accomplices. A report from Jaipur said: There was jubilation at Sumedha’s residence. Sumedha’s husband, Rashmikant Durlabhji, said he was very happy. He thanked the police and the state government.