Angry residents of Gaighat locality blocked the Mahatma Gandhi Setu and Ashok Rajpath, disrupting vehicular traffic movement for about four hours to protest the kidnapping of 6-year-old Ankit alias Anniket, who was abducted from St Paul High School under Alamganj police station on Thursday.
After a lull of a few months this is the major kidnapping incident reported from the vicinity of the state capital. There has been no ransom calls from the abductors to the family so far. Police have registered a case of abduction after initially describing it as a case of missing.
City SP Anwar Hussain confirmed that police were treating this as a case of abduction. “We are investigating the case from abduction point of view. We have launched massive search for the boy,” he added.
Protestors raised slogans against the police and demanded immediate safe recovery of Ankit. Stone pelting by protestors left several vehicles damaged. They also burnt the tyres at different points of the road and also on Mahatma Gandhi Setu.
On-getting information, a team of policemen including, DSP, Patna City, Ramashankar Rai, reached the spot. Police had a tough time pacifying the mob. The protesting crowd gave 24 hours ultimatum to the police for safe recovery of Ankit, failing which agitation would be intensified. Rai assured that police would be able to nab the culprits within 24 hours.
Ankit’s cousin Avinash Kumar said that the news of Ankit’s kidnapping came as a shock to the family. They failed to understand the motive behind the incident because they had no enmity with anyone.
Avinash had dropped Ankit at the School campus on Thursday morning. Ankit’s mother Poonam Devi went to the school to escort Ankit home. As luck would have it Poonam was shocked to find her son missing from the school.
Khushboo, a girl student of the same school, told a bewildered Poonam that she had seen an unidentified man with his face wrapped in a gamcha come and offer ice cream to Ankit. After that the man picked Ankit up and walked away coolly, Khushboo pointed out. She admitted that as the abductor had masked his face with gamcha she could not recognise him.
A crestfallen Poonam reached her home and narrated the whole story. Ankit’s father Manoj Kumar, a businessman, his grandfather Ramchandra Gope and others launched a frantic search for the six-year old. They contacted all their relatives and friends hoping someone would provide a clue. But that was not to be. Late on Thursday night they lodged a case of kidnapping.