Kidnapped from school bus on Republic Day, 5-year-old boy rescued by Delhi Police, 1 kidnapper shot dead

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New Delhi:

Delhi Police on Monday rescued a five-year-old boy, who was kidnapped on January 25, from the kidnappers who nabbed the boy on a day when the city was on alert and police forces were deployed all over Delhi.

January 25 was a busy day for the Delhi Police because of the Republic Day, the ASEAN summit, and the protests held against ‘Padmaavat’ movie. In spite of the heavy security, some kidnappers nabbed a five-year-old boy from Shahdara area of East Delhi.

On Monday night, the boy’s father struck a ransom deal and the two accused, identified as Ravi and Nitin were staying at a rented accommodation along with the boy. The Delhi Police officials rescued the kid from his kidnappers. Both had been asked to kidnap the child and collect their ransom amount by their associates.

“A trap was laid near the flat, situated at Loni border, where the kidnapper Ravi opened fire at police after seeing them. In retaliation, police also fired on him and he was shot dead on the spot. Police also fired on Nitin, who sustained two gunshots. Several rounds of fire were exchanged between the accused and police. Two bullets hit police personnel, but they were wearing bulletproof jackets. All the victims, including some police personnel, were taken to GTB Hospital for medical treatment,” a senior police officer said.

On January 25, the boy was kidnapped from his school bus, which was carrying around 14 other children. The bus stopped at GTB Enclave area where the kidnappers forced themselves into the bus and asked for the boy’s details to the teacher at gunpoint. The boy was sitting with his sister. When his sister tried to intervene, one of the kidnappers put her at gunpoint.

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As soon as the boy was kidnapped, the teacher informed the school authorities, who in turn went to the police station.

A police officer said, “Minutes after the bus halted, two men parked their black-coloured bike nearby and entered the bus. Both of them kept their helmets on. They asked the driver about the details of a particular boy, and when he refused to share details, one of them pointed the gun at a woman attendant sitting in the front seat. The woman attendant was questioned at gunpoint, and she eventually pointed to a boy sitting alongside his sister on the last seat.”

“One of the assailants went and grabbed the boy from his seat. When his sister tried to intervene and held his hand, he pointed the gun at her. One of them also fired at the driver, shooting him on his thigh. The two then fled towards Uttar Pradesh with the boy,” said another officer.

“Police rushed to the spot and took the driver to GTB Hospital, from where he was referred to Safdarjung Hospital,” added the officer.

The boy was dressed in fancy dress for his school competition and was not carrying ID card at that time.

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