The three-year-old son of the senior vice-president and head of India operations of the software company Adobe was on Monday abducted from outside his Noida residence.
The incident took place around 8.45 a.m. when the boy, Anant, accompanied by the family’s domestic help, Aasha, had stepped out of the house for school. Two men, on a motorcycle and armed with pistols, waylaid them and forced Anant onto the motorcycle. The kidnappers fled with the boy before Aasha and the security guards present nearby could react. The incident was over in half a minute.
Naresh Gupta, Anant’s father, is currently in the United States. He is said to be on his way back to India. No ransom call had been received till late on Monday.
Noida’s Senior Superintendent of Police R.K.S. Rathore said: “Anant had barely walked 50 metres from his house in Sector 15A towards the stop from where his school bus was to pick him up, when the kidnappers appeared. They wore helmets and had their faces covered.
They had even covered the registration plate of the motorcycle with a sticker.” The pillon rider snatched Anant by the hand and forced him between himself and the driver as they drove away.
Anant is a pre-nursery student at the Lotus Valley School. His elder sister, Kavita, studies in same school. Their mother was inside the house at the time of the incident. The family has two domestic helps, a driver, a gardener and security guard. All of them are being questioned.