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Three kidnappings of minors keep Delhi police busy

In similar cases of child abduction, police rescued a BSF jawan’s daughter from two beggarwomen; a drug addict was arrested for trying to steal his neighbour’s toddler.

delhi Updated: Jul 21, 2017 23:59 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Zakir often tried to convince the woman to leave her husband for him, but she refused.(File Photo for representative purpose only)

Not willing to take ‘no’ for an answer to his marriage proposal, a 22-year-old fruit seller allegedly kidnapped two young sons of a woman he wanted to marry, police said on Friday.

Zakir, a native of Kolkata, reportedly believed that by kidnapping the boys, he would be able to blackmail the Delhi woman into leaving her husband and marrying him.

However, the police managed to rescue the boys and arrest Zakir from Ghaziabad. Zakir had made sure not to leave clues on his trail, but his interest in Facebook and WhatsApp gave away his location.

Police said around two years ago, Zakir accidently gave a missed call to a woman in north-east Delhi’s Jafrabad. The woman called back on the number, which gave rise to a friendship between Zakir and her. Zakir wanted to convert the nature of friendship and marry her, but the woman was unwilling, said AK Singla, DCP (north-east).

Police said Zakir often tried to convince the woman to leave her husband for him, but she refused. A discussion over the same issue on Tuesday turned into a heated argument, leaving Zakir angry and vengeful. In the evening, Zakir approached the woman’s sons, aged eight and 10, who were playing outside their home. He easily lured them away since they were acquainted with him.

He took the two boys to Loni in Ghaziabad, leaving the couple searching for them. When their efforts yielded no result, the couple sought the help of police and pointed to Zakir as the primary suspect.

The addresses mentioned by Zakir in the past turned out to be fake. Even the SIM cards he owned were taken on fake identity and address proofs. His mobile phones were switched off.

But the children’s mother informed the police that Zakir was addicted to Facebook and WhatsApp. Even after the kidnapping, Zakir had allegedly been using these platforms to pressurise the woman into marrying him and pressurising her to call off the complaint on abduction.

Police used technical surveillance to detect his location in Loni on Thursday. A trap was laid and the boys were found hidden in an autorickshaw. Zakir could not be found there, but the children provided police enough details about Zakir’s residence to help nab him.

BSF man’s daughter kidnapped by beggars, rescued in 24 hours

New Delhi: A Border Security Force (BSF) constable’s baby daughter was kidnapped from New Delhi railway station on Thursday morning, allegedly by two women who run their families by begging, police said.

The women had found the two-year-old child playing on platform number 3, while her parents were busy saving their luggage from the rain. The police, however, managed to recover the child within 24 hours and arrested the women.

Police said the two women would beg at various railway stations in the city with their children. “They thought that having an extra child would add an extra pair of hands at work,” said a senior investigator.

A native of Odisha, the 32-year-old father of the child is deployed in Ferozpur in Punjab. He was returning home for a holiday and was with his wife and daughter at the New Delhi railway station on Thursday morning to change trains.

Police said the child was playfully running away from her parents, keeping them busy in bringing her back. But the morning rain meant the parents got busy momentarily, allowing the girl to vanish from sight.

The two women, Vishnu and Geeta, were passing by the foot overbridge with their own children at that moment. They noticed the child alone and approached her to first play with her before whisking her away.

While investigating the case, police were able to catch the appearances of the suspects using CCTV footage. That helped, as a tip-off led to the recovery of the child from Minto Bridge Crossing on Bhavbhuti Marg on Friday. The two women have been arrested and their involvement in any other similar kidnappings are being probed.

Drug-addicted youth tries to kidnap neighbour’s toddler

New Delhi: A 22-year-old man’s addiction to marijuana allegedly drove him to kidnap his neighbour’s toddler in north-east Delhi’s Nand Nagri. However, his plan was foiled when the baby boy’s mother raised an alarm in time.

Sumit lives in the MCD Flats in Sunder Nagri’s K-Block. The unemployed youth was addicted to marijuana and wanted money for the drug, said AK Singla.

So, he decided to kidnap the 45-day-old son of his neighbour and seek a small ransom that would take care of his needs for several weeks.

The mother and child were sleeping outside in the open because of the heat, when Sumit approached them in the wee hours on Thursday. But as he lifted the boy, the mother woke up and launched a chase. When she realised she couldn’t catch up with him, she shouted to wake others in the neighbourhood.

Sumit was forced to abandon the boy and flee, police said. A call to the police control room was made and a search launched for Sumit, who had already been identified. He was arrested within hours.

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 23:39 IST