As his parents prayed for the safe return of their six-year-old boy, the kindergarten student was munching on goodies supplied by his abductors.
The son of Sion-based jeweller Om Prakash Gupta, Prahlad was abducted from outside his uncle’s home in Sion-Koliwada on Saturday morning. He was well tended to by his captors, said his parents.
Prahlad was reunited with his family on Sunday when he was found at Mumbra station, as had been informed by the kidnappers.
“From what my son told me, they treated him well,” said Gupta, owner of Prabhat Jewellers at Prateeksha Nagar in Sion-Koliwada.
“They fed him regular meals and ensured that he ate them. Why, they even offered him sweets and snacks,” said Gupta, adding that the boy was bathed and even given a change of clothes.
Quite the contrary, Gupta said, it was Prahlad who threw tantrums, while his family spent what seemed to be an interminable 35 hours in misery.
“No one in my family slept a wink after we got news of Prahlad’s abduction,” said a family member. “We only prayed for his well-being… God has returned our child to us safe and sound.”
The family is thankful to the police who, they say, swung into action promptly.
Policemen posed as autorickshaw and taxi drivers during the rescue operation. “As it would have been risky to use police vehicles, I hired two private cars for the search operation,” said Gupta, adding that he was accompanied by three police teams at all times.
“We are now working on the leads to nab the abductors,” said Senior Inspector Vishnu Deokar of the Antop Hill police station.