A man has been arrested for allegedly conspiring his own kidnapping and blaming it on the rivals of his daughter-in-law, who is a candidate in the panchayat elections, so that she could garner "sympathy" votes, police said today.
Accused Pitamber Singh (50) of Pipla Shiv Nagar under Milak police station, hatched the conspiracy with his son and two brothers, police said.
Pitamber's brother Nayan Sukh, who works as a coordinator in Basic Education Department, on November 23 lodged a police complaint alleging that his brother has been kidnapped by the rival camp.
Following the complaint Pitamber's relatives staged a demonstration at the residence of the superintendent of police, demanding recovery of the father-in-law of the panchayat election's nominee Sunita.
The SP Sadhna Goswami instructed police and crime branch sleuths to launch a search operations.
However, the kidnapped man was spotted in forest albeit tied in chains yesterday.
Police took him to a secluded place for interrogation where he broke down and narrated the conspiracy hatched to make his daughter-in-law win in the polls.
Pitamber also disclosed he his himself in Meerut, returning home Wednesday night and had purchased the chain to tie his limbs.
The police soon arrested all other accused and Pitambar has been sent to jail for 14 days on a local court's orders.
The Basic Education department s higher authority has also taken against brother Nayan Sukh, police said.
Sadhna Goswami today that she had instructed the crime branch to keep Pitamber's mobile phone on surveillance and that tactics worked when the accused was overheard interacting with his relatives over phone.
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