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Police rescue boy from Gutralamitta village in Andhra Pradesh

12-year-old Pratap was abducted on April 1He had gone to school to write examinationRansom of Rs. 20 lakh was soughtOne of the suspected kidnappers had worked for the boy's father

BANGALORE: The Mahalakshmi Layout police have arrested three persons who allegedly kidnapped a businessman's 12-year-old son and rescued the boy from Andhra Pradesh. The three allegedly sought a ransom of Rs. 20 lakh to release the boy.

The police gave the names of the arrested as Shankar, 26, of J.C. Nagar in Mahalakshmi Layout, Venkatesh, 26, of Gudiyattam in Tamil Nadu and Swaminathan, 50, of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh.

The police said that on April 1 the accused kidnapped Vishnu Pratap, 12, a fifth standard student, from near his school and took him to Chittoor in a car.

When Pratap, who had gone to write his annual examination, did not return home, his father, C. Dhanashekar, a resident of J.C. Nagar, lodged a complaint with the police that his son was missing. Around 10 a.m. on April 2, a person called Mr. Dhanashekar on his mobile phone and told him that they had kidnapped Pratap and demanded a ransom of Rs. 20 lakh for releasing him.

The caller, who spoke in Telugu and Tamil, told Mr. Dhanashekar to bring the money to Hainavedu Cross near Chittoor. He warned the father that they would kill Pratap if he informed the police.

A police team, along with Mr. Dhanashekar, left for Chittoor the same day. The kidnappers called the boy's father again around 6 p.m. to confirm if he was coming. On April 3, the kidnappers called Mr. Dhanashekar and told him to meet them at a check-post near Narahari Pet police station in Chittoor.

When Mr. Dhanashekar was waiting for them near the check-post, the kidnappers called him and asked him to meet them in a forest at Gollamadavu Cross the next morning.

When Mr. Dhanashekar went into the forest with a suitcase, around 9 a.m. on April 4, four persons accosted him. The policemen, who were following Mr. Dhanashekar, surrounded the suspected kidnappers and caught three of them.

On information given by them, the police rescued Pratap, who was being held at Swaminathan's house in Gutralamitta village.

The police said that Babu, alias Delhi Babu, and Krishna Murthy, who were part of the gang, are at large.

One of those arrested, Shankar, had worked for 10 years in a power loom owned by Mr. Dhanashekar. To make quick money, Shankar, a native of Chittoor district, had conspired with the others to kidnap Pratap, the police said.

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