Snapdeal employee case: Accused inspired by SRKs film Darr

Ghaziabad: Five persons were today arrested in connection with the mysterious abduction of Snapdeal executive Deepti Sarna, with police saying that the prime accused was a Bollywood-inspired “psychopath” who was tracking her for around a year and wanted to win her heart.

SSP Dharmendra Singh, who had earlier indicated possible contradictions in the womans version on the day she was traced, today gave a clean chit to her, saying her version was right.

The prime accused has as many as 30 cases registered against him and he escaped from police custody in Sonepat during a court hearing in June 2014, and around seven months later he saw Sarna with a male friend at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station and fell in love with her, the official said.

“The accused was highly inspired by Bollywood movie Darr, in which Shahrukh Khans character gets obsessed with a woman, he read Adolf Hitlers Mein Kampf during the time he spent in jail and was inspired by the relationship between Hitler and Eva Braun, and he also took inspiration from the life and struggle of Genghis Khan,” the official said.

The accused started tracking Sarnas movements and soon bought two auto-rickshaws to execute his plans of abducting her. He tried to do so several times but failed as Sarna, who used to deboard metro at Ghaziabads Vaishali station, always preferred taking shared autos in which a few women were already seated, Singh said.
On February 10, he along with his associates, managed to puncture the auto-rickshaw in which Sarna and several others were travelling and intercepted the vehicle with his own auto, in which three of the co-accused were present, and convinced the driver of the punctured vehicle to shift the passengers, of which three were women (including Sarna), to his vehicle, the official said.

There were two vacant seats in the autorickshaw, and it was Sarna and another woman who decided to board it as they were in a rush to reach their destinations. During the journey, the accused men present in the auto, pulled out a knife and threatened the other woman asking her to step out of the vehicle. Once she obliged, they blindfolded Sarna, pointed a gun at her and headed towards an undisclosed location, the official said.
On their way, the autorickshaw in which Sarna was being taken to, broke down. Meanwhile, the prime accused was following her in a car. At the point where the auto-rickshaw broke down, the accused men dumped her mobile phone (which the police have failed to recover) and backpack behind an under-construction bungalow.