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A. Azhagesan with his father Arunachalam at the police station in Adhanakottai on Tuesday.
A. Azhagesan with his father Arunachalam at the police station in Adhanakottai on Tuesday.

Mystery shrouded the release of the 12-year-old boy A.Azhagesan, who was kidnapped by a group of three persons from his house at Gandhavarkottai on Saturday. The boy was let off by the kidnappers on Tuesday but it was not clear whether the parents had paid the ransom demanded by the abductors.

The boy, with his eyes covered by a piece of cloth, was brought in a two-wheeler and set free near a fuel station at Vallam in Thanjavur district at about 5 a.m. on Tuesday. The Adhanakottai police, acting on a tip-off , took the boy to the police station where he had an emotional reunion with his parents, Arunachalam and Rani. The boy told the parents that the kidnappers had provided him food and water all through his three-day ordeal.

Unconfirmed reports said that the boy was released on payment of ransom with Arunachalam reportedly placing a bag near a bridge at Punalkulam, on the border of Thanjavur and Pudukottai districts, in the early hours of Tuesday. But police declined to divulge any information with respect to the payment of ransom.

While the parents heaved a sigh of relief on their son’s release, police were still on the hunt for kidnappers. E.S.Uma, Superintendent of Police, Pudukottai, said that eight special teams have been formed to trace them .

The boy was kidnapped from his residence on Saturday by two-wheeler when a group of three persons came to his residence to extend a wedding invitation to his father. The trio had taken the boy along with them asking him to help them locate the residence of another villager.

The kidnappers, during telephonic calls to the boy’s father Arunchalam, had reportedly demanded Rs.1 crore as ransom initially but subsequently reduced the demand to Rs.15 lakh.

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