The abducted three-year-old son of a CEO of a leading software firm remained untraced Tuesday, a day after he was kidnapped on way to school, even as police from Delhi decided to join the search for the boy.
Anant Gupta, son of Adobe Systems India CEO Naresh Gupta, was seized by two motorcycle riding men from near his home in this town on the outskirts of Delhi while on his way to a bus stop to go to school.
Delhi Police Tuesday started developing intelligence inputs on the criminal gangs operating in the area who could be involved.
"There is a possibility the kidnappers could have sneaked into the national capital. We have started a parallel search for the boy," said Muktesh Chander, additional commissioner Crime Branch of Delhi Police.
"We are trying to develop information on the gangs that could be involved in the incident," said Chander, adding that Delhi Police was the nodal agency to handle interstate crime in the vicinity of the capital.
The cell to monitor crimes committed in the vicinity of Delhi as well as the law and order situation was formed in 2005, he said.
The anti-kidnapping cell of the Crime Branch and Special Cell has started looking into the investigations.
"We have shared criminal intelligence in the past about interstate gangs operating in states near Delhi," said Alok Kumar, deputy commissioner Special Cell.
Meanwhile, the family members of Anant have appealed to the media not to highlight the sensational abduction.
"Please do not highlight this kidnapping. We have not received any information about Anant," Naresh Gupta, his father told reporters outside his sector 15 A home in Noida.
Anant's family is scared the kidnappers might panic with the media hype and hurt their son. No ransom calls have been received so far.
"We saw him for the last time yesterday and we have not received any information about his whereabouts," said Gupta, looking shaken and with his hands folded as he spoke to journalists.
Gupta, who was in the US when the abduction took place, returned to India early Tuesday.
"We will welcome any information that could lead to the safe recovery of Anant," said Soumitra Yadav, superintendent of police (Noida).
"Neither the police nor the family of the boy have been contacted by the kidnappers," he added.
Police teams in neighbouring Ghaziabad and Meerut districts have joined in the investigation. The anti-kidnapping cell of the Special Task Force has been asked to chip in, he said.
"There is a possibility the kidnappers might be hiding in any of these districts. We are not sure whether Anant is still in Noida or if the kidnappers have managed to take him out of the area," said Yadav.
The police are also getting the credentials of the house staff checked. "We have questioned Gupta's office staff. The maid who was with the boy when he was kidnapped has been detained for questioning," said Yadav.
"We are trying to get details of all the incoming and outgoing calls of the family of the last three weeks," a police official said.