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Another schoolboy abducted in Bihar

Six-year-old Ankit Kumar, a student of St Paul School in Patna, was reportedly kidnapped in front of the school gate.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2007 15:59 IST

Another school student has been abducted in Patna by unidentified people, police sources said on Friday, leading to angry protests by local people.

Six-year-old Ankit Kumar, a student of St Paul School in Patna, was reportedly kidnapped in front of the school gate. "Ankit was lured with an ice cream when he came out of the school on Thursday and then abducted," a police official said.

Ankit's classmates told the police that some people asked Ankit to have an ice cream. As he went forward, they took him away.

The local people protested by blocking the busy Ashokrajpath and Gandhi Setu and raised slogans against the state government's failure to check abductions. Dozens of students from Ankit's school also joined the protest demanding his early recovery.

Ankit's father Manoj Yadav is a small time grocery shopkeeper who also runs a beauty parlour in Alamganj. Yadav told the police that he suspected ransom behind his son's abduction.

A police complaint was lodged in connection with Ankit's kidnapping. The police say they have launched an operation to ensure Ankit's safe recovery.

According to sources, top police officials were asked by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to find Ankit soon. "The police is under pressure to recover Ankit as soon as possible," a senior police official said.

Just two days back, Narendra Mohan alias Prince, a class 4 student of Kendriya Vidayalya in Darbhanga town, about 150 kms from Patna, was kidnapped while on his way to school. Soon after the news of his abduction spread, angry residents blocked roads to protest against the crime.

The police have failed to make any breakthrough to recover the boy.

Another youth was abducted in Begusarai district on Wednesday and so far remains traceless.

Last week, the police recovered the body of an abducted 10-year-old student in Munger district, leading to violent street protests.

Earlier this year, the Patna High Court directed the state government to trace 144 children and 581 women who had been missing since 2001.

First Published: Apr 13, 2007 15:56 IST