Kidnapped boy rescued from R'than after 18 days

Tenant abducts him to seek revenge from his uncle

Kidnapped boy rescued from R'than after 18 days

An eight-year-old boy, abducted from  Gokulpuri, has been rescued after 18 days from near Ajmer district in Rajasthan. The accused was a tenant of the victim’s father, and abducted the child to seek revenge from his uncle, police said on Friday.

Haarish, a class two student of Edunova Islamic School who lives with family at New Mustafabad, was abducted on April 29.

Police said the accused, Afzal, 28, who hails from Hapur district in UP, had been living for the past eight months with his mother and younger brother, in a house rented from Haarish’s father Shokeen Ahmed.

“Probe revealed that Shokeen’s brother Mohsin had slapped Afzal in public when he beat some children of the neighbourhood. At that time, Afzal had threatened Mohsin to teach him a lesson,” said V V Chaudhary, additional commissioner of police (north east).

Afzal was working as a cycle-rickshaw puller and had given some free rides to Haarish to become friendly with him. On April 29, Afzal enticed the boy to show him some good places and took him to Ajmer in a Rajasthan Roadways bus.

Probe was initiated after Shokeen made a call to the police control room at 5.30 pm about his son being abducted while returning home from Edunova Islamic School.
Shokeen was questioned and an abduction case was registered with Gokulpuri Police Station.

“A police team immediately reached the spot and searched for Haarish in his school and nearby areas. Delhi Police had announced a cash reward of Rs 50,000 for clue about the boy,” Chaudhary added.

Details of the child were circulated across the country. Intimation was also sent to National Crime Records Bureau and CBI, and photograph was uploaded on ZIPNET.
“The same night it was found that Afzal was also missing, and was suspected to be involved in the kidnapping,” Chaudhary said. Afzal’s family members were interrogated, but no clue was received.

Raids were subsequently conducted at Afzal’s native place in Hapur, Meerut and Bijnor districts in Uttar Pradesh, and south Delhi’s Khanpur. On Wednesday, on the basis of a secret information, police teams raided several places on Ajmer-Jaipur highway.

“A team headed by inspector Jaswant Singh located Afzal and Haarish walking along on the highway near Dudu village in Rajasthan,” Chaudhary added.

Police found that Afzal was previously involved in a kidnapping case filed with Bhajanpura police station in 2006. In that case, Afzal had kidnapped a six-year-old boy, who was rescued from Gurgaon after 18 days.  

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