A day after abduction of Shreshtha Sanjay, a seven-year old Class one student of Christ Church Diocesan school, a team of special police comprising officials of the District Police, Criminal Investigation Department and the Special Branch left for Saran, native place of Shreshth’s father, Sanjay Kumar Srivastava, to ascertain whether the family had any dispute with co-villagers.
Another team conducted raids on suspected hideouts of the abductors in areas falling under Fatuha and Patna City sub-divisions to rescue Shreshth from the clutches of his abductors.
Shreshth, a standard 1 student of Christ Church school, was kidnapped by motorcycle-borne criminals while going to school in an auto-rickshaw near Gandhi Maidan on Monday morning.
Sources said that the police also picked up few acquaintances of a relative of Srivastava’s domestic help for interrogation. A close relative of the domestic help is reportedly lodged in the Beur Central Jail, whose involvement in the kidnapping of Shreshth could not be ruled out. The police quizzed the man lodged in the jail for several hours.
The investigating officers were also trying to ascertain the antecedents of the auto-rickshaw driver, Ravi. “Efforts are on to trace the driver, who used to carry Shreshth along with other boys, in the auto-rickshaw before Ravi was assigned the job,” said a police officer associated with the investigation.
The police also carried out raids at Daulatpur near Mahendrughat, native place of Raju, the owner of the auto-rickshaw in which Shreshth was travelling at the time of the incident. Both Raju and Ravi are in police custody.
When contacted, Senior Superintendent of Police Vineet Vinayak confirmed the detention of some suspects for questioning in the Shreshth kidnapping case. “But, we have not achieved any significant breakthrough in the case so far,” he said.
When asked about the motive behind the kidnapping the SSP said, “ The police are investigating the case from all possible angles. It is yet to be ascertained whether the incident was a fallout of any family dispute of professional rivalry,” he added.