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Boy returns home,kidnappers still ask for ransom

Panic and greed led to the arrest of four kidnappers on May 28 as they demanded ransom from a businessman for releasing his son...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
June 2, 2009 12:49:53 am

Panic and greed led to the arrest of four kidnappers on May 28 as they demanded ransom from a businessman for releasing his son,who had already reached home after the kidnappers abandoned him out of fear of the police.

A 26-year-old BA student,a doctor’s son and two accomplices were arrested by the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police for allegedly kidnapping a businessman’s 5-year-old son and demanding a ransom of Rs 12 crore.

The accused have been identified as Satbir,son of a doctor practicing in South Delhi,Shantanu,a student at Delhi University,Arun and Tej Pal.

The police said on May 2 businessman Sunil Jain had gone to attend the marriage of his niece in Anand Vihar along with his son Sanju. Arun,Satbir and Shantanu were also present at the function and were looking for a chance to kidnap Jain’s son. After some ice cream fell on Sanju’s shirt,Arun took the boy out on the pretext of cleaning his clothes.

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Later,the three along with Tej Pal,who was waiting in a car outside the venue,took the boy to Tej Pal’s house,where they made an audio clipping of the boy crying,the police said.

The kidnappers then called Jain and demanded Rs 12 crore from him. After negotiations,the amount was fixed at Rs 10 lakh.

“The accused (then) panicked and fearing that Sunil Jain may have informed the police,abandoned the unconscious boy on a footpath near Sarojini Nagar on May 2 itself,” a senior police official said.

Later,when Jain went to the decided spot in Gurgaon to hand over the money,the kidnappers sent him back saying they would send the boy home by evening.

Meanwhile,a bystander found Sanju crying on the road and informed the police,who found a school identity card with Sanju and called his father.

Jain then filed a complaint with the Crime Branch and,incidentally,the kidnappers called again and demanded more money.

From here on it was easy for the police. They recovered the call details of Jain’s phone and traced the accused to Tej Pal’s residence. He was arrested on May 28.

On interrogation,Tej Pal broke down and confessed to the crime,leading to the arrest of the three other accused.

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