Staff Reporter

`Son of a Chandni Chowk businessman hatched the conspiracy'

Demand for ransom of Rs. 25 lakhsAccused made call from a new SIM card bought on a false address'They were looking for a victim belonging to a rich family'

NEW DELHI: An 11-year-old son of a Ludhiana-based businessman, who was kidnapped from Patel Nagar in West Delhi this past Tuesday, has been rescued by the West Delhi police and six persons, including a woman, have been arrested in this connection.

One Khairati Lal had lodged a complaint about kidnapping of his nephew, Himanshu, son of Vipin Ahuja, around 8-30 p.m. Mr. Ahuja had also got a ransom call in Ludhiana on his mobile phone from Delhi in which the caller had demanded Rs. 25 lakhs.

Investigations

Investigations revealed that the call was made from a new SIM card, bought on the basis of a false address. On Wednesday, the caller asked Mr. Ahuja to come to Azadpur market and handover the ransom amount. The police contacted Mr. Ahuja and asked him to come to the Capital.

As per plan, Mr. Ahuja, with a police team in tow, reached the spot but the kidnappers did not turn up. They called up Mr. Ahuja again and asked him to come to Brahmpuri in North-East Delhi. Subsequently, they kept changing the rendezvous point.

Even as the cat and mouse game was on, Constable Labh Singh noticed that a Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle was following Mr. Ahuja's vehicle.

He alerted another team to trail the motorcycle. The motorcycle stopped at one place in Azad Market, North Delhi, and the riders went inside a house.

The police team followed them and arrested five persons at the spot. Himanshu was also rescued. At their instance, the police arrested another accused.

Those arrested have been identified as Mohammad Tariq Shahnawaj, Mohammad Tanvir, Wasim, Mohammad Taqi, Rihana and Kamal Ahmed.

Fateful day

According to the police, Tariq, son of a Chandni Chowk businessman, had hatched the conspiracy along with other accused. On the fateful day, he drove his father's Ford Ikon to Rock Garden area in Patel Nagar and kidnapped Himanshu as he looked to belong to a well-to-do family.

"They were looking for a victim belonging to a rich family and were roaming in a posh area when they decided to kidnap the boy," said the Deputy Commissioner of Police (West), Robin Hibu. Further investigations are on.

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