Kidnapped Mysore boy rescued in Somwarpet

Mohammad Mutalib

Mohammad Mutalib  

Staff Correspondent

Madikeri: A 10-year-old boy, Mohammad Mutalib, who was kidnapped by three persons near Bannimantap in Mysore on Saturday evening, was rescued by the Kodagu police with the help of a few youth, near Chettalli in Somwarpet taluk of Kodagu district on Sunday afternoon.

The three abductors was nabbed near Chettalli, Superintendent of Police T.R. Suresh said here. Their names were given as Rakesh, Prajwal Nagaraj and Mohan Babu of Bangalore. It was Prajwal Nagaraj, who hailed from Mysore, had known the boy.

The abductors escaped when the police and a few youth from Chettalli hired a private jeep and tried to stop the vehicle by which they were travelling this afternoon on the Sunticoppa-Ponnathmotte-Chettalli road. On seeing this, they abandoned the vehicle with the boy and escaped into the plantations. A combing team, including the dog squad from the District Crime Investigation Branch (DCIB), was pressed into service immediately.

The boy is the son of Khwaja Moinuddin, who is a businessman on D. Devaraj Urs Road in Mysore. Kidnappers had taken Mutalib hostage near the Bannimantap when he was returning home after offering namaz. They drove to Kushalnagar and booked a room there in a hotel and later came to Madikeri. One of them called the father of the boy, allegedly demanding a ransom of Rs. 3 crore, Ravi Kumar, a corporator from Mysore and a close friend of Mr. Moinuddin, said. The police first arrested Rakesh and then the other two.

Several phone calls

Mysore Staff Correspondent writes:

One of the calls was traced to a telephone booth in Maddur and another was traced to Kumbalgodu on the outskirts of Bangalore. Mysore police alerted the Kodagu police on receiving information that the kidnappers were travelling by a car and were proceeding towards Madikeri.

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