A 21-year-old rickshaw driver, Satish Singh, was arrested for kidnapping his 'girlfriend's' eight-year-old brother.
Singh, alias Champion, thought that this would make her parent's permit their marriage.
He kidnapped the boy, Ghanshyam Yadav, from near his Vartaknagar residence on August 20, around 4pm and fled to his hometown, in Uttar Pradesh.
"Singh claimed that Ghanshyam's sister and he were in a relationship for the past eight months or so. He wanted to marry her, but her father was opposed to their relationship. So, he kidnapped Ghanshyam and as ransom, asked his father to permit their marriage and also pay
Singh's debts, amounting to Rs 50,000," said additional commissioner of police (crime) Milind Bharambe.
The police traced Singh to the Baharpur hamlet in Allahabad district. A team, led by police sub-inspector Prakash Pasalkar, was sent there on Monday. Ghanshyam was rescued and Singh taken into custody on Wednesday.
Police officials said that Ghanshyam's sister was not involved in the kidnapping plan. The accused supposedly told police that the girl's mother knew about their relationship. However, Ghanshyam's father, Balkumund Yadav, a pan shop owner, said: "He never came to our house with a proposal. My daughter only knew him by name. He lured my son with sweets."