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City men arrested for shopping worth Rs 4.5 lakh
through the stolen credit cards of a NRI

Ludhiana, April 28
Express News Service

Ludhiana police yesterday arrested two persons for doing shopping worth Rs 4.5 lakh through the stolen credit cards of a Non-Resident Indian (NRI), Jaswinder Singh. The duo have been identified as Amarjit Singh, an advocate and Vikas, a resident of Sunder Nagar who works in a private telecom company here. Their accomplice Sonu is absconding.

Police said that the wallet of the NRI containing the credit cards was stolen by Sonu at the Miss Punjaban function held at GRD Academy on November 6, 2004. Deputy Superintendent of Police Simrat Pal Singh Dhindsa said that Sonu is a pickpocket and knew Amarjit and Vikas.

Dhindsa said that within a few days of his wallet being stolen, the NRI Jaswinder Singh got bills amounting to more than Rs 4.5 lakh, which surprised him. Jaswinder’s relatives near Khanna alerted Ludhiana police and yesterday, police were successful in arresting two of the three accused persons.

According to DSP Dhindsa, the duo purchased shoes worth Rs 25,000 from the Adidas showroom at Mall Road; shoes and readymade clothes worth Rs 25,000 from Nike showroom, Mall Road; clothes worth Rs 35,000 from Weekender showroom, Mall Road; clothes worth Rs 20,000 from another Weekender showroom; jewellery worth Rs 80,000 from Tanishq, Feroz Gandhi market; wrist watches worth Rs 20,000 from Titan showroom, Feroz Gandhi Market; jewellery worth Rs 40,000 from Sant Ram Mangat Ram Jewellers in Ghumar Mandi.

However, at the news conference today, Amarjit Singh claimed that he has been falsely implicated in this case. ‘‘Police just want to settle some differences with me. One policeman even asked me to pay Rs 15,000 if I want my name to be out of the case,’’ he alleged.

Commenting on this, DSP Dhindsa said, ‘‘This man is an advocate and is saying all this just to misguide the media. Both of them have admitted to their crime in front of the police. Even the items purchased from various shops have been recovered from Amarjit,’’ he said.

Amarjit’s partner Vikas, though, admitted to his crime. ‘‘Amarjit forced me to commit these crimes. I tried to stay out of it but his men beat me and even hit me with a knife on my left thigh.’’

Police has recovered three Titan wrist watches, a 22 gm gold bangle, a gold ring weighing more than three grams, a gold locket weighing more than five grams, a pair of Adidas shoes, a pair of Reebok shoes and some readymade garments, said Dhindsa.

Dhanda says lawyer being falsely implicated
At the news-conference, former president of District Bar Association Harish Rai Dhanda reached too. Dhanda claimed that police was falsely implicating Amarjit Singh, the lawyer. ‘‘Last night when I got to know about Amarjit’s arrest, I rushed to Police Station Division 8 and saw that there were marks on his face that showed that he had been slapped. When I reached there at about 10.30 pm, no case had been registered against him and despite that, police was torturing him.’’

Dhanda alleged that the same way in which Jammu Police had to face the music in the Anara Gupta case, Ludhiana Police would have to face action in the Amarjit case. ‘‘I will talk to our present District Bar Association President B K Goel and make sure that Amarjit is released as soon as possible,’’ he stressed.


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