‘Serial’ abductor gets life sentence

Nearly two years after a two-and-a half-year old girl was kidnapped, allegedly by a Chandigarh resident, from Sector 7 in Panchkula, a local court on Monday awarded the life sentence to the accused, Ravinder Gill, in the abduction case. The sentence comes a year after Gill was arrested in the case.

The court on Monday also imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on Gill after he was held guilty of kidnapping last week. The accused had allegedly abducted the child from her house in Sector 7, Panchkula, in October 2009 and was also paid a ransom of Rs 8 lakh by the victim's family, a day after the kidnapping. The girl's grandfather paid the ransom at Verka plant in SAS Nagar, following which, Gill released her.

The court of district and sessions judge, Anita Chaudhary, on January 18, held Gill guilty of kidnapping.The prosecution evidence in the case against Gill was based on the eye-witness account of the girl's grandfather and the recoveries that were made on the disclosures made by the accused, district attorney, Amit Parmar said. He added that Gill had stolen the vehicle, which he had allegedly used for the kidnapping but later abandoned it at a parking space in Mani Majra. The attorney further said that police had recovered the number plates of the stolen vehicle from one of Gill's residences in Gurgaon.

The accused has other cases of kidnapping pending against him and is already in judicial custody at the Ambala Central Jail. He is accused of abducting a relative of current Union Railways Minister, Pawan Kumar Bansal, in October 2010.

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