The kidnapping of a three-and-a-half-year-old boy - the son of two IT professionals - has rocked this Indian technology hub, in the second such incident in two months.
Rohit was kidnapped on Tuesday evening on Janmashtami day when he was playing with other children at a school building near his house in Kondapur in Madhapur near Hitec City.
Hyderabad police on Wednesday continued the search for Rohit, whose father G Ravinder Reddy is an assistant project manager with Cognizant while his mother Laalasa Reddy is project leader in Satyam Computers.
Some children including Rohit's eight-year-old brother Praneet, who were eye-witnesses to the incident, said two unidentified people in a black Toyota Qualis vehicle reached the school, scaled the compound wall and after befriending the child with sweet talk, took him away. The children raised an alarm but by that time the vehicle had disappeared.
Confusion prevailed over the motive, as nearly 24 hours after the kidnap, the family has not received any call for ransom.
The incident has shocked the parents, who were at their respective offices at that time. Weeping inconsolably, Rohit's mother appealed to kidnappers to release him immediately as he had been running high temperature for two days.
"At least give him the medicines because he develops fits in high fever," said Laalasa while talking to a Telugu television channel. She also read out the names of the prescribed medicines with spellings.
Rohit, a lower kindergarten student, was in the habit of playing with his friends at Sanskruti Vidya Mandir, a school near his house. Since Tuesday was a holiday on account of Janmashtami, the school authorities were not present.
Police have formed special teams to look for the kidnappers. Searches are also being conducted in Kurnool, the native district of Ravinder Reddy.
The couple married nine years ago and had also worked abroad for a few years before settling down here.
This is the second kidnapping incident to hit the IT industry in the city in three months. In July, Vedula Satyanaryana, general manager at Satyam Computers, was kidnapped for ransom in Secunderabad when he went to drop his children to school. He was rescued by police in Warangal district.
The kidnap plan was hatched by his car driver with a few other criminals for a ransom of Rs 20 million.
More than 150,000 people are employed in the IT companies in and around Hyderabad, which has emerged as the second major IT hub in the country after Bangalore.