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Police claim to have recovered the ransom money

Kidnappers had demanded Rs.2 crore for the release of the boy

Police rescued the boy from the house of one of the accused

NEW DELHI: A sensational case of kidnapping for ransom of an 11-year-old son of a textile mill owner in Rohini here this past week has been worked out with the arrest of two persons. The boy has been rescued.

The police claim to have recovered Rs.1.46 crore of the ransom money paid by the family. The kidnappers had demanded Rs.2 crore for the release of the boy.

The gang was also found involved in a similar attempt to kidnap a businessman for ransom in Mangolpuri last October, the police said.

The boy, a Class VI student, was on his way to school in Rohini on January 22 around 8 a.m. when the accused waylaid the car and allegedly kidnapped him at gun-point. They also took away the chauffeur’s mobile phone so that he could not inform the boy’s family about the abduction.

A little later the kidnappers rang up the family and warned them not to inform the police. But the matter was reported to the police and a case was registered at the Begumpur police station. In the evening, the kidnappers again called up the family demanding Rs.2 crore as ransom for the boy’s release.

Taking up investigation, an Outer Delhi police team under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner of Police (Rohini) Om Prakash, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Sultanpuri) Dhanvir Dutt and Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operations) Ved Prakash developed sources and the kidnappers were identified. But the kidnappers kept changing their locations constantly delaying the arrest. Meanwhile, the boy’s family paid Rs.1.5 crore as ransom to the kidnappers on January 23 without informing the police.

On January 24, the police located the house in Neelgiri Apartments in Rohini Sector 9 where the boy was kept and rescued him. The house belonged to one of the accused, Kamal Goel, who was arrested. His accomplice Vinay Mishra was later arrested at Moti Nagar at his instance. Their third accomplice Dharmender is absconding.

During investigation it was purportedly revealed that Kamal along with Vinay, a matriculate, and Dharmender hatched the conspiracy to kidnap the boy to make quick money. Kamal, a manager in a construction company owned by a close friend of the victim’s family, gathered information about the boy’s movement before kidnapping him.

Vinay is the son of a retired Delhi Police sub-inspector. Dharmender, a resident of Rohtak, is a close friend of Vinay.

The police said the gang planned to kidnap the boy after their earlier attempt to kidnap the owner of a leading basmati rice brand, Gaurav Aggarwal, last year failed. Gaurav Aggarwal of “Jagat Basmati Rice” was on his way to Dwarka in his BMW car on October 28 when the gang waylaid him in Mangolpuri. One of the gangsters was posing as a traffic policeman riding a motorcycle and his armed accomplices were in a Santro Car. The attempt failed as passers-by gathered hearing the businessman’s screams for help.

The police claim to have recovered the traffic police uniform, belt, shoes and turban used in the crime from Kamal’s house.

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