Ghaziabad: The prime accused in the Snapdeal employee kidnapping case is a history-sheeter with as many as 30 cases registered against him. The police have described him as a Bollywood-inspired "psychopath" who was tracking Dipti Sarna for around a year and wanted to win her heart. He escaped from police custody in Sonepat during a court hearing in June 2014.
"The accused was highly inspired by Bollywood movie Darr, in which Shahrukh Khan's character gets obsessed with a woman, he read Adolf Hitler's '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," Ghaziabad SSP Dharmendra Singh told reporters as he announced the arrest of five people in the case.
Here's how this "psychopath" along with four other accomplices went about his sinister plan to win over the Snapdeal employee.
-- The accused saw Dipti with a male friend at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station and fell in love with her.
-- He started tracking Sarna's movements and soon bought two auto-rickshaws to execute his plans of kidnapping her.
-- He tried to kidnap her several times but failed as Dipti, who used to deboard metro at Ghaziabad's Vaishali station, always preferred taking shared autos in which a few women were already seated.
-- On February 10, the accused along with his associates, managed to puncture the auto-rickshaw in which Dipti and several others were travelling and intercepted the vehicle with his own auto.
-- Three of the co-accused were present in this auto. The accused convinced the driver of the punctured vehicle to shift the passengers, of which three were women (including Sarna), to his vehicle.
-- There were two vacant seats in the autorickshaw, and it was Dipti 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 Dipti, pointed a gun at her and headed towards an undisclosed location.
-- On their way, the autorickshaw in which Dipti 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.
-- From the spot of the auto-breakdown, the prime accused made Dipti sit in his car and headed towards his native village.
-- On the way, his vehicle ran out of gas for which he borrowed his cousin's car and continued the journey towards a village in UP's Baghpat.
-- There they held the girl captive for a night, during which the prime accused did his best to convince her that he did not want to hurt her and it were his co-accused who had actually abducted her.
-- He played the 'hero' and, meanwhile, kept telling her that it was her male friend (with whom he often used to see Sarna) who had ulterior motives and wanted to kill Sarna's relatives.
-- The next morning, the prime accused took Dipti to a railway station and made her sit on a train heading towards Delhi.