Cops rescue kidnapped five-year-old

Cops rescue kidnapped five-year-old

His uncles former employee among three arrested in police operation

Three youths have been held for kidnapping a five-year-old boy and demanding a ransom of Rs 5 lakh at Ranjit Nagar in central Delhi, police said on Tuesday.

Juber Khan was rescued safely from the custody of Mohammad Kasim, 24, Badri  Alam, 22, and Raja Hasan Kadri, 20.

“They had kidnapped the boy from near his house on the pretext of buying him some ice cream. He was confined at Raja’s house at Bara Hindu Rao in Sadar Bazar,” said Devesh Chandra Srivastva, additional commissioner of police (central).

Action was taken after Juber’s father Hanish, a resident of Kathputli Colony, approached Ranjit Nagar police station on Sunday. Hanish had reported that his five-year-old son was missing since 5 pm that day.

“The complainant had later received a ransom call late on Sunday night in which the caller demanded Rs 5 lakh for Juber’s safe release. The caller had also threatened that if Hanish informed police, he would kill the child,” Srivastva added.

During preliminary investigation, it was strongly suspected that the caller could be Mohammad Kasim, who was earlier working as a labourer with Juber’s uncle.

“We immediately swung into action and tried to mount technical surveillance, but it was found that Kasim’s mobile phone was switched off and he was not available at home,” Srivastva said.

Later on, Hanish received another call in which the kidnapper instructed him to come with the ransom amount at Filmistan Cinema in Rani Jhansi Road.

On verification, police also established that the calls were made from different STD booths near Filmistan Cinema and Model Basti.

Police then took Hanish into confidence and asked him to take the ransom money in an auto-rickshaw driven by a police official wearing a driver’s uniform.

Kasim and Badri were arrested when they showed up to take the money. Their interreogation led to the arrest of Raja, who was with the boy at a house in Sadar Bazar.

"Kasim was not satisfied with his earnings and had left the job about three months ago.

He came to know that the victim’s father was planning to buy a piece of land in Haryana’s Faridabad district and hence had money. He hatched a conspiracy to kidnap the child for quick money,” Srivastva added.

He had promised to pay Badri and Raja Rs 1 lakh and Rs 50,000 respectively, and roped them in.

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