On Saturday, the police rescued an eight-year-old kidnapped child and caught six of his abductors. But they are yet to arrest the mastermind of the kidnapping Kayyum Ahmed along with five more of his accomplices. "We are still worried about the absconding culprits," said Nupur Jain, the child's mother.
On October 18, the son of a reputed Hapur businessman was kidnapped by men in a stolen Scorpio when he was on his way to school, accompanied by a domestic help. Police sources said that prior to the kidnapping, the kidnappers had surveyed the area near the child's house and had made at least two unsuccessful attempts in the previous fortnight.
The police conducted nearly 16 raids in areas like Bulandshahr, Ghaziabad, Aligarh and Delhi. And four days after the kidnapping, the Special Operations Group of the Ghaziabad Police nabbed six kidnappers after a brief encounter near Raj Nagar and rescued the child.
Three policemen were injured in the encounter. All the criminals, between the age group of 20-25 years, are residents of the Tappal area of Aligarh.
His parents said they spent sleepless nights after their only son was kidnapped. "I was worried about his health as he suffers from a chronic blood disorder and has to be administered medicines regularly," said his father Amit Jain.
After being rescued, the boy narrated the entire incident to the investigators. He had been kept inside a polythene canopy-hutment at a sugarcane field at Dastoi village, 1km away from Hapur-Modi Nagar highway. The farm belonged to one of the abductors' relatives.
"They did not beat me but asked me to keep quiet whenever we heard sounds of police sirens and vehicles passing from a nearby road," the child said.
"We have booked the abductors under severe sections. We will also book them for attempt-to-murder, provisions of Gangster Act and National Security Act (NSA)," said Raghubir Lal, senior superintendent of police.
Search is on for Ahmed - a former contractual worker at Jain's manufacturing unit-and five of his other accomplices.