Class I Delhi boy kidnapped on Republic Day eve rescued from Ghaziabad; one suspect killed

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New Delhi | Published: February 6, 2018 11:04:55 AM

A five-year-old, Class I boy was rescued by a Crime Branch team on Tuesday morning after an encounter with the kidnappers in Ghaziabad. The Delhi boy was kidnapped last month from a school bus in Delhi on Republic Day eve.

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A five-year-old, Class I boy was rescued by a Crime Branch team on Tuesday morning after an encounter with the kidnappers in Ghaziabad. The Delhi boy was kidnapped last month from a school bus in Delhi on Republic Day eve. He was rescued in the early hours after a Crime Branch team received a tip-off and laid a trap in a residential area on the Loni border. The news was confirmed by a Crime Branch official who also revealed that one suspected kidnapper, identified as Ravi, was killed in the shoot-out while his associate Pankaj suffered injuries to his leg. The third, Nitin, was arrested. No police personnel was hurt, he said.

According to the police, the kidnappers opened fire which led to the retaliatory firing, leaving two abductors injured. While Ravi succumbed to his injuries, Pankaj had to be admitted to GTB Hospital. The kidnappers had reportedly rented a flat in Ghaziabad where they kept the boy. Police intercepted a man supplying them information and learnt about the hideout. They laid a trap near Loni border but one of the kidnappers opened fire after spotting the police.

Even though one policeman was hit by a bullet, there was no casualty as he was wearing a bulletproof jacket. The boy was later handed over to his parents who were delighted with the news. The kidnapping took place on January 25 from a school bus near the GTB Enclave in Shahdara by two bike-borne persons who had also shot and injured the driver when he tried to stop them. The incident was reported by a woman attendant inside the school van.

The accused had also demanded a ransom from the boy’s father, the official said. The case was later transferred to the Crime Branch from the local police by the Commissioner after they failed to rescue the child. The kidnappers had reportedly demanded a ransom of Rs 70 lakh from the family.

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