Two days after the Delhi Police rescued five-year-old Vihan Gupta from kidnappers after a fierce gunbattle with kidnappers, details of the young boy’s ordeal in the 12 days of his captivity have slowly started to emerge. The boy was kidnapped from his school bus by gun-toting men on the eve of the Republic Day in Delhi’s Shahdara. In his detailed day to day account of the harrowing experience to the Delhi police, Vihan said that he was first kidnapped on a bike and then was transferred to a Swift Dzire as the accused tried to convince him that he was being taken to his parents, reported The Indian Express. The kidnappers were identified as Nitin Sharma, Pankaj Kumar and Ravi on January 25 after three failed attempts.
According to a report by The Indian Express, the child Vihan, confined in a Shalimar City apartment in Shahibabad, informed Police that he was offered chocolates and toffees on the first day of kidnapping but was slapped by Pankaj after he accidently dropped a glass of milk on day two or three of his captivity. Vihan told police that the three kidnappers would play the good guy, bad guy routine with him. While Ravi and Nitin would terrorise the boy, Pankaj would take a soft approach and would try to console him when he would cry. To drown Vihan’s cry, the accused would hit a hammer on the wall to divert the loud noise.
A family member, who preferred to remain anonymous, said Vihan is visibly shaken and is “refusing to leave his mother’s side even for a minute… While driving back home with his family on Monday night, he asked his grandfather to roll up the window, saying, ‘Woh fir aa jaayenge’”. The police also revealed that the accused Nitin Sharma ran an eatery and used to buy disposable glasses and plates from the shop owned by Vihan’s father for the last seven years. Vihan was seen at the eatery by Pankaj and Nitin several times and they had been planning to kidnap the boy and hold him ransom. Sharma revealed during questioning said that he had sent Pankaj to his father’s shop several times to buy products. He also said that the motive behind kidnapping the boy was his financial situation. Sharma had reportedly lost money in betting and had spent lavishly on his girlfriend.
When he was unable to pay rent for the flat where the child was kept, he decided to kidnap Vihan as news reached him that Vihan’s family was considering a property purchase worth Rs 60 lakh and had deposited the money. However, the deal was cancelled due to some dispute and the money was returned, the kidnappers knew that. Vihan was rescued after a fierce gunfight between the police and the accused in which Ravi died. Ravi, a felon who went jail in December in an auto-theft case in Jyoti Nagar, was included in the ploy after he was released on bail on January 5.