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Four-year-old kidnapped boy rescued in six hours

A four-year-old boy, who was allegedly kidnapped by four persons, including a juvenile, was rescued by the police in six hours after a massive hunt, police said on Friday.  

The prime accused, who is yet to be arrested, and the juvenile live in the same locality at North-east Delhi’s Sonia Vihar area. They, along with two others, allegedly kidnapped the boy on July 27 morning and demanded a ransom amount of Rs 10 lakh for his safe release. One of the accused had used his girlfriend’s voters’ identity card to procure a SIM card, with which the ransom call was allegedly made, said Veenu Bansal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-east).

According to the police, the four-year-old son of Bijender Singh, who works at a private enterprise in Chawri Bazar, was found missing around 7.30 am on July 27. Singh’s family and neighbours looked for the child everywhere in the neighbourhood until Singh’s wife received a ransom call around 8.20 am, in which the caller demanded a ransom of Rs 10 lakh for the boy’s safe release. Around 10 minutes later, the alleged kidnappers called again and set the deadline at 5 pm. Singh’s family approached the police around 9.30 am and investigation was taken up immediately.

Three teams were constituted — one of them laid surveillance in police pickets near the Delhi-UP 
border , another went for a door-to-door search and the third one was deployed in technical surveillance. It was the third team which tracked the number and finally led the other teams to three of the accused. They were identified as Akash (19), Vinay (19) and the juvenile.

During interrogation, they told the police that it was one Parveen Singh (23) who had allegedly hatched the plan along with the juvenile. They had reportedly come across a rumour that Bijender Singh had recently sold a property in his village and had huge amount of cash with him. So they targeted his son, said a police official.
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