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Case may be cracked soon

india Updated: Nov 16, 2006 01:46 IST
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Suspects being grilled

FOR NARESH and Nidhi Gupta, it was another day of long wait as the family hoped to reunite with their three-year-old son Anant, who was kidnapped from outside their Sector 15 A residence in Noida on Monday.

While the family and friends prayed all day long, police said they were hopeful of cracking the case soon. Over 60 hours have passed since the Guptas last saw Anant. UP Police said they were making an all-out effort to track down the kidnappers. "We are interrogating all possible suspects and our teams are carrying out raids in various parts of the state and outside," said a senior police officer. 

There was a word of assurance from the Uttar Pradesh chief minister also.

"Anant will soon be released. I will speak to officers again. All efforts are being made to get him released," said Mulayam Singh Yadav. S.K. Bhagat, Senior Superintendent of Police, Special Task Force, said the probe was heading in the right direction, while Noida SSP, R.K.S. Rathore made an appeal to the public not to panic.

Police sources said the calls made by Anant's kidnappers to his parents on Tuesday had provided a crucial lead to investigators.

Police teams immediately got into action after the first call was received in the wee hours of Tuesday.

The Guptas received two calls from kidnappers on Tuesday. The first call was made at 1.30 a.m. and the second one, sources said, was received at around 7 a.m.

Anant, accompanied by domestic help Aasha, had just stepped out of the house for school when two men, armed with pistols and riding a motorcycle, waylaid them and forcibly took away Anant. Before Aasha and the security guards present nearby could react, the kidnappers had disappeared with the boy.

"We are not ruling out anything. All gangs, whether big or small, are under the scanner," said N.P. Singh, IG,