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Missing child Nishant Zope found, Bhopal relieved

The 10-year-old boy from Bhopal Nishant Zope, who went missing on his way to school on August 14, was found in jungles of Gairatgunj in Raisen district, about 40 km from Bhopal.

bhopal Updated: Aug 23, 2015 22:12 IST
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Nishant Zope
Nishant Zope hugs his elder brother as their mother looks on after his return home in Bhopal on Sunday. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT)

The 10-year-old boy from Bhopal Nishant Zope, who went missing on his way to school on August 14, was found in jungles of Gairatgunj in Raisen district, about 40 km from Bhopal.

The police disclosed that the boy had been kidnapped and the kidnappers were demanding a ransom of Rs 50 Lakh from parents, something which Nishant's parents and police had kep a secret to apparently ensure Nishant's safety.

Talking to media persons after Nishant returned home, senior superintedent of police (SSP), Bhopal Dr Raman Singh Sikarwar, said the police were tracing kidnappers through the phone calls which they made to Nishant's father but couldn't catch him.

However, in the wake of increasing police pressure, the kidnappers abandoned the child in the jungles of Gairatganj and escaped. A school teacher, Mohan Singh spotted the boy only in his undergarments at around 7:30 am and informed police, he said.

Nishant told the police that kidnappers (two in number) left him in the jungles on their bike. The boy also told the police officials that the accused had told him to wait there till someone comes and takes him to his father. "The boy is telling us two name- Sachin and Sekhar who had kidnapped him," Singh said.

Singh said that after kidnapping the boy they took him to Sehore and later shifted to Indore where they kept the boy with family members of one of the accused. On Saturday late night, two of the accused left Indore along with the boy and on Sunday morning, they left the boy in Jungle and escaped," he said.

The accused had purchased a SIM card from Sehore town, which they were using for phone calls and sending SMSs to Nishant's father Deepak Zope. The SIM card was registered on fake identity of a person living in Khargone district. Singh said that two persons, who owned the shop which sold an activated SIM card to the accused, had been detained and being interrogated.

"The sketch of the two persons, who are in 25-35 age groups, have been made on the basis of information provided by the shop owners who had sold the SIM card," Singh said.

He further said that persons close to Zope's family or any relative must be involved in the kidnapping. "Preliminary investigation suggests that they kidnapped the boy for ransom. The possibility of other reason could not be ruled out," he said.

However, the family members refused to have any enmity with any one. "I don't have any dispute with anyone. The persons who were calling me was only demanding money," said Deepak Zope.

Singh said that an intensive search was being carried out by the police to nab the accused. A police team would soon go to verify the facts being told by the boy to police.

"Nishant told us that he could take us to the house in Sehore where he was intially kept," he said adding that a police team with Nishant would soon visit Sehore.

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