Special tehsildar arrested in kidnap case

The Jnanabharati police have arrested the special tehsildar of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu and his wife for allegedly paying three men in Bengaluru to kidnap an 11-month-old girl. On Wednesday, the men kidnapped the toddler with the intention of selling her to tehsildar Thomas Pius Arul, 55, and his wife G. Aruna Pius, 45, for ₹2 lakh, said the police, who were able to rescue the baby in Salem and reunite her with her family in Bengaluru the same day.

The three men — Anbu Kumar, 43, who lives in Jnanajyothi Nagar in Mallathahalli, Manjunath, 19, and D. Yogesh Kumar, 21, from KP Agrahara — have also been arrested.

“Anbu Kumar, a local businessman, was acquainted with Arul who asked him to get him a child. Arul told Anbu that he had no children and wanted to adopt one,” said a senior police officer.

Anbu promised to help the couple. He roped in his associates Manjunath and Yogesh. The trio zeroed in on a labourer couple who had an 11-month-old baby girl, Arnavi Kumari Singh. They allegedly approached the parents asking if they were willing give the baby for adoption. When the couple refused, the trio allegedly decided to kidnap the child.

On Wednesday evening, the parents were getting ready to move out of their rented house, and had left their baby alone when they went to find a van to transport their belongings to their new home. The three men allegedly used this opportunity to enter the house and grab the sleeping baby. One of the neighbours noticed the trio allegedly fleeing with the baby on a motorcycle and alerted the parents.

The child’s mother, Rani, 24, filed a complaint with the police and informed them about the offer by the trio. A team led by Inspector V. Shiva Reddy checked CCTV footage from in and around, and traced the accused to Omalur in Salem district in Tamil Nadu. They were heading to Thoothukudi to hand over the baby.

Arnavi was reunited with her parents on Wednesday.

Based on the statement of the trio, the police arrested Arul and Aruna on Thursday.

“Anbu and his associates had been given a part of the money as an advance by Arul, who had promised to hand over the rest after getting the baby,” a senior police officer said.

Arul told the police that they were desperate to adopt a child as they had none of their own. “A team has been sent to Thoothukudi to verify his claim,” the officer added.

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