A three-year-old boy was kidnapped allegedly by his family’s maid-servant in north-west Delhi but was rescued today within 12 hours of the incident - the second such case in the city in just over a week.

Police said the maid, identified as Rizwana Khatun, took the child to a market near his house in Adarsh Nagar at around 9.40 pm last night on the pretext of buying ice-cream but did not return.

“The boy’s father Farid Khan had engaged the maid about a month ago for house-keeping and for looking after his two minor kids. He has his own transport business,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West) Meenu Choudhary said.

During investigation, it was found that the maid was not employed through any placement agency. The past employers of the girl were tracked and after a thorough search, she was found near Adarsh Nagar Metro Station along with the boy.

“Mr. Khan used to bring large amount of cash at his house due to the nature of his business and the maid had seen him counting cash on various occasions. It appears that the maid planned a kidnapping for ransom but she was caught well before she could materialise it,” the officer said.

Noting that Mr. Khan had not got done any verification of the maid, the officer said, “It is once again suggested to the public that they should get verified their servants and employees so that the occurrence of such incidents can be prevented or minimised.”

It is the second such incident in the city in just over a week. 18-month-old Ishaan, son of a businessman, was kidnapped allegedly by the family servant Savita alias Seema, who took employment at the house ten days before the kidnapping, on the pretext of taking him for a walk on Sunday last.

The toddler was rescued from adjoining Faridabad after police arrested five persons, including Savita. In that case too, the family did not get the police verification of the new maid done.

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