A four-year-old boy, kidnapped in Bangalore on March 5, was rescued from Panvel on Monday. The police have arrested a husband-wife duo, Sunil (23) and Neha Rathod (20), for the kidnap.
According to the police, the kidnap of Prajwal Manju was the result of a business rivalry.
“Prajwal’s father, Manju Hanumant Appa (25), a resident of Bangalore, had filed a complaint of kidnapping with the police there. He had received a ransom call for Rs 1 lakh and the caller had asked him to come to Mumbai for the payment,” said Suresh Bhosle, senior inspector at Panvel police station.
The Bangalore police traced the calls to Panvel.
“Following information from the Bangalore team, we made our own investigation. When the kidnapper called again, we got Appa to tell them that he was in Mumbai and was ready to pay the ransom,” said Bhosle.
The kidnapper asked Appa to come to Sai Baba Mandir in Panvel around noon. “Two of our officers laid a trap for the kidnapper there. Neha turned up to collect the money.”
The police nabbed her and got her to talk to her husband and convince him to come to the spot. Rathod turned up around 4.30 pm and was arrested.
“Both Appa and Rathod, who originally hails from Delhi, are into the cutlery business. They had some business rivalry and hence Rathod decided to kidnap Appa’s son.”
The child has been rescued from a flat at Ushavli village in Panvel and handed over to his father. The kidnapper duo had rented a flat a month ago.
“I had suspected Rathod to be behind the kidnap as we do business in the same area and have had differences. I am glad the police have found my child,” said Appa.