Hyderabad: A seven-year-old boy was rescued within four hours of being kidnapped, with the Rachakonda Police nabbing the 16-year-old Class 10 student, who kidnapped him on Sunday.
The kidnapper was produced before a juvenile justice board and later sent to a juvenile home at Saidabad, the police said.
Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M. Bhagwat, addressing a press conference here on Monday, said the Child in Conflict with Law (CCL), who was a Class 10 student in a private school in Meerpet, had kidnapped the boy, a Class Two student after luring him to Almasguda and called up his father, a software employee, demanding Rs.3 lakh as ransom.
The episode began around 2.30 pm on Sunday, when the child was returning home after attending a coaching class when the teenager spotted him. He lured the boy to his house at Almasguda to play together and took the phone number of the boy’s father, Gurram Raju.
“He then called up Raju and told that his son was kidnapped. He demanded Rs.3 lakh for release of the child and also warned him that if he informed the police, his son would be killed,” the Commissioner said.
Raju, pleading with him not to hurt the child, requested to pay Rs.1.5 lakh, with which the teenager bargained and finally agreed for Rs.25,000 in advance and the rest through cheque.
Raju alerted the police, who tracked the teenager down and apprehended him from Almasguda around 7 pm and rescued the boy, whom the kidnapper had made to sit in a nearby temple.
“The kidnapper was into vices and wanted to use the money for his personal needs,” the Commissioner said, adding that the child was later handed over to his father who thanked the police for the quick response.
The police have asked parents to keep a watch on their children and not to leave them unattended or in the company of unknown persons. The police also asked the parents to ensure that their children knew emergency contact numbers, including those of their parents and guardians.
“In such situations, the public should also trust the police and inform them without delay,” Bhagwat added.