Boy hero saves the day, four others like him
It was the presence of mind of a 13-year-old boy that saved him and four other children from the clutches of the wolf in priest's clothing.
He managed to outwit his abductor, got hold of his cellphone and made a timely call to his father.
It's what helped the south Delhi Police nab the priest who had allegedly kidnapped five children and had plans to abduct more.
Prem Dass allegedly kidnapped the boy Deepak, a resident of Parasrampur in Basti, Uttar Pradesh on March 1.
A student of class eighth, he was on his way to his school after morning prayers, when Dass accosted him.
"Dass stopped him on the pretext of helping him lift the luggage and began the conversation. After a while, he painted a rosy picture of the Capital and better education facilities and convinced Deepak to accompany him. The minor agreed," said HGS Dhaliwal, DCP (south).
However, police said that on March 2, Deepak sensed trouble and got hold of Dass' cellphone, when he forgot to take it along with him.
He then made a call to his father, who had earlier got a kidnapping case registered in Basti.
"As it was a Delhi number, we found the location of the cellphone and got to know about Dass' racket. We arrested him after a raid and house-to-house search," Dhaliwal added.
The police said that the other victim - Swas Dass, 12, from Bhagalpur - was brought to Delhi three months ago and made to work as a priest. Raghunandan Dass, 12, also from Bhagalpur, was brought to Delhi by Dass from his native place on July 2010 by promising good education and a better life.
Two brothers - Shiv Shankar Dass, 15, and Manohar Dass, 13 - were brought to the city with a similar promise.
When they were rescued, they were in priests' attire.