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Cops made rough sketch of flat before barging in

New Delhi: With the kidnapped child having been rescued and safely staying with his family, police recall how they planned a foolproof operation and decided to barge into the flat where the kidnappers were holed up along with the five-year-old.
"When we apprehended Nitin, one of the kidnappers from Seemapuri, our priority was to know the structure of the flat. Nitin told us that the child is kept in a separate room. We then calculated the distance of the entrance door from the room where the child was kept. Nitin told us that his associates had arms, so we had no scope of taking wrong decisions," said Joint CP (Crime) Alok Kumar.
The Crime Branch team quickly drew a rough sketch of the flat, so that the team knew the basic structure of the house if there was to be a shootout.
They also calculated how quickly the cops could reach the child's room to secure him from the kidnapers in case they tried to hold the boy hostage.
It was only after the crime team, accompanied by senior officers, secured the building and took position at every possible point from where they could aim at the kidnappers, that they knocked the door.
"We knew the operation would last a few seconds. But we could not afford to do anything wrong. Any wrong decision would have compromised the child's security," Alok Kumar said.
After the wooden door was opened by the kidnapper, the iron door was forcefully opened and the police team retaliated when they were under attack by the kidnappers' firing. This killed Ravi and injured Pankaj, while and the child was rescued safely.
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