In a bizarre kidnap drama, an 11-year-old boy spent four days in the custody of his own cousin before being rescued by the Thane police on Tuesday night.
Police said Anukul Joag, 30, wanted Rs 30,000 to pay as security deposit to rent a house. So he kidnapped his uncle’s son Chaitanya on February 14.
After kidnapping the boy, Anukul called up his father and demanded a ransom of Rs 30,000 to release the boy.
When all efforts to reason with him failed, the family deposited the money in ICICI Bank as he had demanded. After he withdrew the money from the Kandivli branch, police trapped Anukul at Thane railway station and rescued Chaitanya, who was with him, on Tuesday night.
Police said Chaitanya’s father, a policeman, had died four years ago. His mother Jyoti had got a job as a constable and was undergoing training.
On February 14, Anukul told Jyoti he would take Chaitanya to the mall while she went for a medical check-up.
He never returned home. Instead, he called up his father the next day and demanded Rs30,000.
Anukul had fallen out with his father, a retired bank manager, over demands for money. He has been remanded in police custody till February 23.
The incident comes a day after the body of a student was found. The boy was kidnapped and then killed by his friends for ransom.