A 5-year-old boy from Ghaziabad, who was abducted by two kidnappers on Republic Day eve, has been rescued by the crime branch!
In what can only be termed as a major success for the crime branch, a 5-year-old boy from Ghaziabad, who was abducted by two kidnappers on Republic Day eve, has been rescued. The class 1 boy was abducted from his school bus on January 25, despite the tight security around the capital due to the Republic Day parade, visiting ASEAN leaders and protests against the movie Padmaavat. A school bus carrying 14 children was targeted by two men. The men barged into the school bus and shot the driver in the leg and kidnapped a five-year-old boy, said police sources.
The successful conclusion of the operation has to be credited to Crime Branch, which laid a trap to get hold of the kidnappers. On January 27, two days after the kidnapping, the boy’s father received a call from the kidnappers who demanded Rs 70 lakh ransom in exchange for the boy. According to the reports of The Indian Express, Amulya Patnaik, the Delhi Police Commissioner, then transferred the case to crime branch, from Shahdara district police. As per the police sources, “Police started looking for clues via the CCTV cameras and established that the kidnappers before executing the incident, conducted recce. Police have found several footages where they have seen the kidnappers and later with the help of technical surveillance, police started tracking their location.”
It was believed that there were only two people involved in the operation however, it later came to light that there were three people involved in the incident. The kidnappers were identified as Ravi, Pankaj and Nitin. Ravi was killed today morning in a shootout with the crime branch, while his aide Pankaj suffered injuries to his leg. No police personnel was hurt said Delhi Police Commissioner. Nitin was arrested prior to the shootout by the crime branch.
On Tuesday morning, the crime branch conducted an operation after getting a tip-off from Nitin about the men hiding near Loni border. The police officer said, “A trap was laid near the flat at Loni border, where the kidnapper Ravi opened fire at police after seeing them.” The police added, “In retaliation, police also fired on him and he was shot dead on the spot. Police also fired on Nitin, who sustained two gunshots. Several rounds of fire were exchanged between the accused and police.” Police officer further added, “Two bullets hit police personnel, but they were wearing bulletproof jackets. All the victims, including some police personnel, were taken to GTB Hospital for medical treatment.”