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Naveen Kumar was abducted on July 12

The brains behind the incident is at large Abductors initially sought Rs. 50-lakh ransom

BANGALORE: After a week-long operation, the South-East division police on Thursday arrested three persons and rescued a two-year-old boy who was kidnapped for ransom from HAL police station limits on July 12. The arrested include two women.

A special police team rescued Naveen Kumar, son of autorickshaw driver Venkatesh, from a house in Kuppam taluk of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh.

The police said Naveen was kidnapped from near his house in Marathahalli by Mr. Venkatesh’s tenant Vijay Kumar.

Arrested

While Vijay Kumar is at large, the police have arrested his three relatives: Lakshmi (22), Soundarya (30) and Rajendra (21), all residents of Kuppam taluk, who had allegedly helped him in the crime. On July 12, Mr. Venkatesh lodged a complaint with the HAL police that his son was missing. The next day he received a telephone call that his son had been kidnapped. The caller demanded a ransom of Rs. 50 lakh.

Special team

After Mr. Venkatesh informed the police of the ransom call, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-East) Soumendu Mukherjee constituted a special team to trace the kidnappers and rescue the boy. The kidnappers, who subsequently scaled down the ransom to Rs. 30 lakh, made Mr. Venkatesh come to a couple of places around Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu.

The special police team members accompanied him, but in disguise. But the kidnappers did not turn up. On Wednesday, the kidnappers telephoned Mr. Venkatesh and asked him to come to Krishnagiri on Thursday afternoon.

Even as their emissary was negotiating with Mr. Venkatesh at the Krishnagiri bus stand, the police apprehended him. He was identified as Rajendra, Vijay Kumar’s cousin.

On information given by him, the police rescued Naveen. Vijay Kumar, who earned a living by supplying raw materials to bakeries, conspired with his three relatives to kidnap Naveen to make easy money. On July 12, he offered chocolates and toys to the toddler and kidnapped him, the police said.

The special team comprised Assistant Commissioner of Police (Airport sub-division) Venkatesh, the HAL inspector B.K. Umesh, Kadugodi inspector Purushottam, Koramangala inspector Purushottam, Hulimavu inspector Mohammed Babu and their staff.

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