UP Passport row: Kuldeep Singh says was abducted on gun point

Lucknow: Kuldeep Singh – the man who supported Lucknow passport office official against charges of harassment by an inter-caste couple in the recent UP passport row, claims that he was abducted at gunpoint on Saturday.

Kuldeep in his complaint at the Jankipuram police of Lucknow, claimed he had been kidnapped by three men and taken to India-Nepal border in Lakhimpur Kheri from where he managed to escape, Indian Express reported.

The Police said a case has been registered on the basis of Kuldeep’s complaint.

Abhishek Pratap, Gola circle officer (CO) in Lakhimpur Kheri said: “Around 7.30 pm on Saturday Kuldeep came to the Sansarpur police outpost in the Mailani police station area of Lakhimpur Kheri. He told police that he was in Jankipuram area when three people took him at gunpoint and forced him into their SUV.”

“He claimed that he was sedated. When he recovered, he saw that the vehicle was parked and that his captors were outside at some distance. He claims to have taken advantage of this and run away.”

The Lakhimpur Kheri police informed their Lucknow counterpart about the same, who took Kuldeep the next day, the CO said.

“Kuldeep told us that the kidnappers may have kidnapped him by mistake as he had no enemies. He is not sure if this was related to the passport office harassment case,” said Aliganj CO Deepak Singh.

Kuldeep Singh had claimed to have witnessed the exchange between Tanvi Seth and her husband Mohd Anas Siddiqui and Vikas Mishra at Lucknow passport office last week.

This man stated that the official claims the official did not misbehave with the couple.

However, no contact could be established with Kuldeep despite many efforts.