Thirteen days after Kandivli boy Karnit Shah was kidnapped without a trace, the Mumbai police, with Uttar Pradesh police's assistance, rescued the six-year-old in a precision guided operation from Handia in UP's Allahabad district late on Tuesday.
Four persons, including the mastermind, identified as Sohan Singh, who runs a cake shop in Kandivali, close to where Karnit stayed, and his three associates - Sameer Khan, Sandeep Warige and Shankar Salve have been arrested.
It may be recalled that on April 6, Karnit, son of leading stock broker Anand Shah, had gone missing from near his house in Mahavir Nagar, Kandivli (W) while he was playing with his 10-year-old sister. The kidnapping riddle was difficult to solve as the family did not receive any ransom demand.
The police had launched a massive hunt to trace the boy and track down the kidnappers. As many as 500 men and officers were engaged in the operation. Even the boy's parents had announced cash reward of Rs 2 lakh for giving any info on the missing child. Finally, a crack team was formed by the police, involving a highly decorated officer from the neighbouring Thane (rural) police, and the boy was traced to UP, following the interrogation of two suspects in Mumbai.
Finally, a joint operation was launched by the Mumbai police and UP's special task force (STF) and the boy was rescued safely from Allahabad district in the nick of time.
The boy along with the jubillant members of the Mumbai police crack team are going to arrive at the Mumbai airport in the evening where they will be welcomed by the Police commissioner and family members of the rescued boy.