A 40-year-old godman was arrested on Friday from Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district for allegedly kidnapping a minor boy and forcing him to beg, police said.
The 11-year-old boy was rescued and handed over to his parents.
The accused has been identified as Amar Das, police said.
Police arrested Amardas from Narayangarh town in Mandsaur after people found the boy begging outside a temple, said Jiran police station in-charge Daulatram Jogwat.
The boy went missing from Harnawada village under Jiran police station in Neemuch district on May 20, he said.
People spotted the boy begging outside a temple in Narayangarh in Mandsaur district.
When they asked the boy where he was from, he told them that he was kidnapped by Amar Das and forced to beg.
Residents then informed the Narayangarh police, Jowat said.
“Since the boy belongs to Harnawada village under Jiran police station, the Narayangarh police forwarded the case to the Jiran police station along with accused,” he added.
During investigation, Amar Das told police that he abducted the boy on May 20 when he travelling from Chittorgarh in Rajasthan to Jiran in a train.
The accused told police that after abducting boy, he immediately tonsured him to disguise his identity and forced him to beg outside religious places.
Jogwat said police handed over boy to his parent have registered a case of kidnapping and forcing a minor to beg under Sections 363(a) and 367 of the Indian Penal Code.
“Amar Das is trying to mislead police by claiming that he is from Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh. Police are trying to ascertain his involvement in other kidnapping cases as several minors have gone missing during the last six months from Neemuch and neighbouring areas,” he added.