In a bizarre incident, a man allegedly kidnapped an 18-month-old child and threw him alive in a drain near east Delhi's Ghazipur.
The police said the victim's uncle took the step to settle his scores with the child's parents with whom he had personal enmity due to a property dispute.
The accused was looking for revenge from the victim's parents ever since he was arrested by the police following a complaint lodged by the child's mother who had accused him of assaulting her some days ago, police said.
The police have arrested the child's uncle who confessed that he threw his nephew in the drain. For the past four days, rescue teams and divers are making efforts to find the child from the drain.
According to a senior police officer, the rescue teams are searching the boy in the drain from Ghazipur till Uttar Pradesh (UP). The family members of the victim were seen assisting the rescue teams in their operation.
The incident came to the notice of the Jagatpuri police on January 25 after they arrested Mohammad Abid, the uncle of the victim, who was suspected of kidnapping the child on January 23.
The child's father Mohammad Sartaj, who runs a mobile phone shop in Jagatpuri, had filed a kidnapping complaint.
"Sartaj had told us that on January 23, his son was taken to his mother's house in the neighbourhood after which he did not return. Since Sartaj's brother Abid was also missing, they suspected his involvement. On January 25, we arrested Abid and during sustained interrogation, he said that after kidnapping the boy, he threw him alive in the Ghazipur drain in front of the Hasanpur DTC bus depot," said a senior police officer.
Prabhakar, DCP (east), confirmed the incident and said, "Abid was arrested under appropriate sections of IPC and later taken on police remand."