An alert autorickshaw driver foiled a kidnapping bid in Karol Bagh area of central Delhi and helped the police rescue a three-year-old boy from the clutches of three men — one of them a Taekwondo trainer — on Monday night, police said.
The alleged kidnappers were ferrying the child in the auto when its driver, Vijay Kumar (30), smelt a rat and stopped his vehicle near a police control room (PCR) van when he saw the kid weeping continuously, the police said.
The police will give a reward of Rs 25,000 to the driver.
While one of the accused Vipin Sharma (19), a recovery agent, was arrested, the other two, Vijay Kumar Yadav, (24) a taekwondo trainer, and Shiv Kumar (25), who was unemployed, are absconding, the police said.
The three men kidnapped the child, Vansh Sharma, when he was playing outside his home in Karol Bagh area on Monday night, police said.
“The three men were on a motorcycle and after covering some distance they boarded an autorickshaw. The child was continuously crying and this made Kumar suspicious. When the auto reached Laxmi Nagar, he stopped the auto near a police control room. While one of them was arrested, the other two fled from the scene,” said Jaspal Singh, deputy commissioner of police (central).
Soon after the child went missing, his mother Manju Sharma had raised an alarm and called the police control room (PCR).
A case was subsequently registered at the Anand Parbat police station. The child’s father lives in Canada and his mother had recently struck a land deal worth Rs 12 lakh, the police said. One of the accused, Yadav, was a former neighbour of the child and was aware about his parent’s wealth, the police said.
The accused planned to demand a ransom from the child’s mother, police said.
“The trio had hired an auto for Anand Vihar bus stand. They later wanted to take him to Moradabad and keep the child under captivity. We had an apprehension that they might have killed the child also,” said Singh.
The police said it was Yadav who had hatched the conspiracy to kidnap the child as they wanted to make quick buck.
“When the policemen deployed in the PCR van asked the three men about the child, they gave contradictory replies. While two of them fled, one was arrested and the child was rescued,” said Singh.
A hunt is on for the other two accused.