A 26-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday evening for allegedly kidnapping a minor from outside his school in West Delhi’s Punjabi Bagh area. The police rescued the five-year-old, who was kidnapped earlier in the day, after a dramatic chase.
Milind Godi has a hotel management diploma from London, and runs an auto components manufacturing factory in Rohtak, Haryana with a turnover of Rs 60 lakh - Rs 70 lakh.
He had recently lost huge sums of money in gambling and came up with the kidnapping plan as a means of raising money to repay his loans, the police said.
Godi allegedly zeroed-in on Hansraj Public School in the Punjabi Bagh area, an institution supposedly attended by children of rich businessmen.
He left his house in Rohtak at 6.45am on Tuesday and reached the school at 7.45am. Around this time, the boy too was dropped off by his cab driver at the school gate.
“Godi was looking for a soft target when he saw the boy, who was the last to be dropped, and kidnapped him,” said Amulya Patnaik, joint commissioner of police (southern range). “He then found the telephone number of the boy’s parents on his identity card and made ransom calls.”
According to the boy’s father, who owns an artificial jewellry shop in Sadar Bazar, the kidnapper made the first call at 10.30am and initially demanded a ransom of R25 lakh.
When the family checked with the school and learnt that the boy was indeed missing, they reported the matter to the police. Godi allegedly introduced himself as Arif Bhai, an underworld don. The police said he made nearly 25 calls from different locations to mislead the boy’s family. He finally demanded that the boy’s father come to Alipur Road to pay the ransom amount.
“He was calling from two different numbers and made several calls on my phone, my wife’s phone and on our landline number as well. Finally, he asked me to pay a ransom of R6 lakh,” said the father.
Police sources said Godi had taken the boy to a mall in Gurgaon. To make the ransom call he had used the mobile phone of a passerby. “He managed to give us the slip when the father had gone to pay the ransom amount. We managed to catch him after a 90-minute chase at Mundka crossing and rescued the child safely,” Patnaik said.
“During the chase he rammed into the police vehicle twice.”
During interrogation, Godi told the police he came back to India in 2006 after his studies and established a factory.
His father owns 30 acres of agricultural land in Rohtak. His younger brother and sister are also technical professionals.
Guidelines for city schools
New Delhi: Following the kidnapping of a five-year-old boy after being dropped by his school cab, Delhi Police have decided to reach out to schools to ensure safety of schoolchildren.
“I would like to reach out to school authorities and ask them to follow a set of guidelines. They along with cab drivers need to make sure that child is safe. The cab driver shouldn’t leave till every student is inside the premises of school and there should be someone from school authority present at the gate,” Amulya Patnaik, JCP (southern range) said.
Patnaik has also directed the beat staff and SHOs to be in regular touch with school authorities.