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Vile Parle boy’s kidnappers arrested from Allahabad, UP

The Santacruz police arrested three Uttar Pradesh natives in Allahabad on Friday for kidnapping a 10-year-old boy from Vile Parle (East) and trying to extort Rs50,000 from his family.

mumbai Updated: Apr 24, 2012 01:54 IST
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The Santacruz police arrested three Uttar Pradesh natives in Allahabad on Friday for kidnapping a 10-year-old boy from Vile Parle (East) and trying to extort Rs50,000 from his family. The accused were produced before a magistrate’s court on Monday and were remanded in police custody until April 27.

According to the police, the boy, Kanhaiya, lives with his parents – Ganesh Sha, a carpenter contractor and Meenadevi, a housewife – with his four younger siblings at a construction site in Vile Parle (East). Sha, who has 10 labourers working under him, was responsible for providing carpenters for the construction.

On April 13, two of the labourers – Harikishan Someshwar Vishwakarma, 32, and Rajkumar Sureshchandra Vishwakarma, 19 – both natives of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, got into an argument with Sha over Rajkumar’s pending salary of Rs12,740. The duo asked Sha to pay him immediately. However, Sha requested them to collect the money after two days as the bank was closed over the weekend.

The following day, the duo arrived at Sha residence again and asked him to pay up if he did not want to face regrettable consequences. At around 6pm on April 14, while Kanhaiya was playing outside his house, the duo picked him up and fled. Since the boy knew the two accused as his father’s employees, he went along, the police said.

On April 15, Sha approached the Santacruz police station and filed a kidnapping complaint against the duo, who asked him to pay a ransom of Rs50,000, failing which they would kill the child.

The police tracked the phone location of the accused to Bhopal, and then Allahabad. Their location was frozen at Allahabad, following which a team of four policemen caught the accused from the residence of Beniprasad Pannalal Vishwakarma, the 55-year-old father-in-law of Harikishan’s sister.

“The boy was unaware that he had been kidnapped. The accused had treated him well, saying that they had brought him on a vacation,” said RR Joshi, assistant commissioner of police, Santacruz division.

The three accused were brought to the city with the boy late on Sunday night and produced before a metropolitan court on Monday.

“We have registered a case against the trio under Indian Penal Code sections 364A for kidnapping, 385 for putting a person under fear to commit extortion, 506 for criminal intimidation, and 34 for common intent. Further investigation is in progress,” said Joshi.