The reason why the abductors of six-year-old Karnit Shah did not make the ransom call to the Shah household even 10 days after they had abducted him was because they had no idea whose child Karnit was.
Police said the gang had picked up the child randomly after watching the society for several days. However, after kidnapping Karnit on April 6, the hoodlums had no number on which to make the ransom call.
“Karnit’s father Anand had mentioned that the child neither knew the mobile numbers of the family not the residence number. That’s when we realised why the abductors had not contacted the family for several days,” said a senior crime branch officer, requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Both Sameer Khan, 22, and Sandeep Barose, 28, who kidnapped the boy worked as delivery boys at a local cake shop owned by Sohanlal Gupta, where the plan to abduct the child was hatched.
“Gupta’s cake shop was not doing well and the rent on the shop was eating into his income. Also, he wanted a house of his own as his family was living in a rented accommodation at Malad,” sources said. Khan had fractured his leg in an accident sometime ago and had incurred loans of more than Rs 40,000 on the treatment, which he was unable to return. Barose has three daughters and he wanted money for their future, while, Sujit Bind, an autorickshaw driver wanted money for his family back in Handia, UP.
After kidnapping the child, Khan and Barose and Bind, 28, took Karnit to Handia. After reaching the place they realised they did not know whom to call for the ransom. “It was only after posters of Karnit were splashed around the city, that the kidnappers got his father’s number,” the officer said.
The police traced Khan with the help of his mobile phone. He then led the police to Gupta, Sandeep and finally to Bind in Handia on Wednesday from where the boy was rescued.
Khan, Barose, Bind and Gupta have been remanded in police custody till May 3.