To hoodwink relatives from whom he had taken money on credit, a 32-year-old man staged the kidnapping of his 10-year-old son. The man, who had roped in his nephew in the crime, was arrested on Tuesday.
According to the police, Mohammad Ayub was unable to pay his debt and when his relatives started asking for their money, he planned to stage the kidnapping of his 10-year-old son, Aman.
On Sunday, he sent his son to Mubarkapur in Bijnaur with a relative and made a call at his residence demanding a ransom of R7 lakh from Aman’s mother. He even made a PCR call reporting his son’s kidnapping.
“He did this to divert the attention of his relatives who were demanding money that he had borrowed from them. He thought that by hatching this plot, he would buy more time to return the money. He told his relatives that now he would have to arrange for R7 lakh and that all his savings would be needed to get his son released and that he would not be able to return their money,” DCP Northeast, Ajit Kumar Singla said.
A case was registered and a team formed to trace the child and arrest the kidnappers. The number from which the ransom call was received was put on surveillance and the call records were accessed.
“It was found the person who made the ransom call had called one more person, one Mehandi Hassan, many times but for a short duration. The ID used to purchase the SIM from which the calls were made was accessed and it was found to be of one Anil. Both Hassan and Anil were called to join the investigation,” Singla said.
After interrogation, it was disclosed by Aman’s father that he along with his nephew had hatched the plan. He also confessed that he had intentionally made calls to Hassan as he wanted to wrongfully frame him for the kidnapping. “Ayub cleverly made a few calls on Mehandi Hassan’s mobile number from the same SIM and he wanted to frame him in the case. He had had a personal dispute with Hassan and wanted to settle scores with him,” police said.
Raids were conducted in Delhi, Bijnaur, Moradabad, Sambhal and Ghaziabad to trace the child and he was recovered from Umri Kala.