Inspired by movies, a man kidnapped his former employer’s son from South Mumbai on Wednesday evening but landed in police net within 12 hours.
According to the V.P Road police, Girgaum resident Chandrakumar Bansali, 35, who is into metal business, approached them at around 9.40 pm on Wednesday stating that his 11-year-old son Kalpa is untraceable. The boy stepped out of his house to purchase milk at 6.15 pm but did not return.
“While we were registering a case, Chandrakumar’s brother received a phone call. The caller told them that their son is with him and demanded Rs 5 lakh or else he would kill the boy,” said Rajendra Chavan, assistant commissioner of police, Girgaum division.
The caller again called after half hour when he asked the family to get the money at Lane number 8 in Kamathipura in Nagpada. The police swung into action and formed four teams. “Plain clothed policemen used motorcycles and private vehicles to rescue the boy,” said Chavan.
The police reached the lane when they saw Kalpa standing. “We immediately took the boy but the kidnapper was not to be seen,” said Chavan.
The boy told police that the kidnapper was one Rajendrakumar Mochi, a loader, who was working in Bansali’s shop as a loader from July 2015 to October 2015. “Mochi had left his job after quarrelling with Bansali. Since the past few days, he was not working anywhere due to chest pain. He said that he was in need of money,” said Chavan.
The police received information that Mochi was hiding at a place in Khetwadi. The police picked him up at around 4 am on Thursday. “Investigations revealed that Chavan brought the kid to Nagpada but panicked and left him alone. While kidnapping, Mochi told the boy was told that his father had got a box of chocolate for him and that he is waiting for him in Byculla. The boy was kidnapped and made to walk for three to four hours and was taken to Sewri,” said Chavan.
Police stated that Mochi wanted to make quick money and had got the idea of kidnapping from movies. “He was to run to his native Uttar Pradesh. In cases of kidnapper being a known person, there are high chances that the child is harmed. In this case, he was lucky,” said Sanjay Kamble, senior police inspector, V.P Road police station. The family heaved a sigh of relief. “The police were very prompt in their actions,” said Bansali.