Eleven-year-old Utsav Maisheri, a resident of Yashasvinagar in Balkumb at Thane (West), returned home on Monday evening after being kidnapped by unknown persons on Saturday.
“He had left home on Saturday for tuitions in the adjoining building. His tuition got over at 11.30 am. Since then, he was missing. We searched for him everywhere but couldn’t find him. We filed a missing complaint,” said Utsav’s father Mukesh Maisheri (49), an engineer with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. Police had deployed 75 personnel for the past three days in the area and conducted search operations but to no avail.
“Utsav was blind-folded and picked up by unknown persons while he was on his way back home from the tuitions. He was let off near the Thane Railway Station on Monday. Since he didn’t have any money and was familiar with the roads, he came back walking home. We have registered a case of kidnapping for ransom,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (West region) Vivek Phansalkar.
While he was returning home, a lady from his area saw him and took him back home.
On Saturday, Utsav, after returning from tuitions, stood watching some boys play cricket. He was picked up by unknown persons. None of the boys informed the police or his parents. The family does not suspect anyone yetas they did not receive any ransom calls. His parents and sister Pooja (18) are thankful that Utsav is back safe and sound. “I thank God Almighty. He is not hurt,” said his mother Prita (46), a homemaker.