The Ghaziabad police on Wednesday rescued a 2-year-old boy from Kushinagar and arrested a 24-year-old man for abducting him from the city. According to the police, the accused wanted to raise the boy as his own, as he did not have a child.
The police arrested Baijnath Kumar for allegedly abducting Arjun from outside his house at Masuri on April 11 and taking him to Kushinagar, his hometown.
Kumar’s plan went awry as some onlookers saw the accused taking the boy to the bus stand and informed the boy’s father Battan Singh. The accused previously worked with Singh, who is a construction contractor.
“An onlooker informed Singh, who then called the accused. However, Kumar told him that he was taking Arjun to a nearby market and would return soon. He (Kumar) then switched off his mobile and Singh informed the police. We traced the
location of the accused with the help of electronic surveillance and sent police teams to Kushinagar,” Rakesh Kumar Pandey, superintendent of police for Ghaziabad, said.
A case for abduction was registered at the Masuri police station. The police nabbed Kumar from Kushinagar and rescued Arjun.
“The accused told us that the couple could not have any children. So the accused wanted to abduct the child and raise him at his hometown. He had sent his wife, who stayed with him Ghaziabad, to Kushinagar for her graduation examination in December. She had no knowledge of the incident,” Pandey said.
The rescued boy had to be treated as the accused travelled continuously for two days. He took a midnight train from Ghaziabad on April 11 and reached Kushinagar after changing trains from Lucknow.
“I was completely helpless when I found that my son was taken away. He is the only brother among three sisters and his mother was beside herself. She had not eaten anything since he went missing. It is only due to the quick response of the police that Arjun could be recovered,” said Singh.