Cops avert kidnapping bid of schoolchild after friend’s mother raises alarm
Delhi Police foiled the kidnapping of a seven-year-old boy with the arrest of a 38-year-old man who was allegedly trying to kidnap him from outside his school on the pretext of taking him for a walk.
The incident took place in the Taimoor Nagar area of South-east Delhi’s New Friends Colony area on Tuesday afternoon. Police said that they arrested the man identified as Mukesh.
A police official said: “The accused had reportedly lured the seven-year-old boy on the pretext that the parents of the child were known to him. He had allegedly lured the child by giving him chocolates since he found him physically attractive. Meanwhile, refuting claims that the accused wanted to sexually assault the child, the police officer said that the accused refused to admit that he wanted to sodomise the child.
Sources said that Mukesh worked as a salesman in Nehru Place. He used to live alone in the slums of Taimoor Nagar.
Investigators said that the incident came to light on Tuesday afternoon at around 3 pm when a neighbour of the boy, a Class II student of the New Cosmos Public School in Taimoor Nagar saw an unidentified man taking the minor boy. Sources said that the woman, who had come to pick his child, raised an alarm and informed the school authorities who in turn informed the police.
A senior police official said: “When the man was taking the child with him, a woman who knew the child’s parents saw them and suspected something was amiss and raised an alarm.”
Police said that when they got a call from the school, the authorities had detained Mukesh and also informed his father. The minor boy’s father works a compounder at a private hospital in New Friends Colony.
Police, meanwhile, said that they registered a case under IPC Section 363 (punishment for kidnapping) at the New Friends Colony police station against the accused. He has been sent to judicial custody.