Akash’s family receives ransom call; police launch rescue efforts

A couple was arrested here on Friday for abducting a boy from Hyderabad on November 2.

Police said Ramprasad Mistry and wife Priyanka Halder were arrested by police from Moukhali village near Canning after tracking their mobile phones.

The couple abducted two-and-a-half year-old Akash Majhi, son of jewellery businessman Gopal Majhi in Rikhabgunj, Charminar.

Mistry used to work in Gopal’s jewellery unit in Hyderabad and took away Akash from his residence by luring him to buy fireworks on Diwali day, police said.

Mistry came to the city a few months ago and started working as a goldsmith.

Mistry demanded three kg gold as ransom to release the boy, a police official said.

Gopal lodged a complaint with Hyderabad police who, in turn, contacted the police in South 24 Parganas district to rescue the boy. - PTI

Ransom call

Hyderabad Staff Reporter writes: Earlier, family members of Akash said they received a ransom call from Mistry demanding 3-kg gold to free the boy.

Charminar Inspector S. Mohan Kumar confirmed that the family received the call from the abductor.

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