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Ghaziabad: Cops arrest duo who kidnapped 11-yr-old after gunbattle in Sahibabad

The police said the accused, who were on a bike, were allegedly involved in kidnapping an 11-year-old, Sahil Nagar, who went missing from outside his coaching class in Sector 3, Rajendra Nagar, on September 7.

noida Updated: Sep 16, 2017 21:56 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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The police said that during the late night encounter, near Koyal Enclave in Sahibabad, they arrested two accused, Sunil Singh and Robin Singh.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The Ghaziabad police on late Friday night engaged three persons in a gunbattle and later arrested two of them after exchanging nearly 10 rounds of fire with the alleged kidnappers of an 11-year-old boy.

The police said the accused, who were on a bike, were allegedly involved in kidnapping an 11-year-old, Sahil Nagar, who went missing from outside his coaching class in Sector 3, Rajendra Nagar, on September 7.

The police said that during the late night encounter, near Koyal Enclave in Sahibabad, they arrested two accused, Sunil Singh and Robin Singh, while the third accomplice escaped. Sunil and Robin are from Khaila village in Baghpat while Sonu Chaudhary, who escaped, is from Saharanpur.

“The gang had picked up the boy from outside his coaching class and took him in an i-10 car to Baghpat. They later made ransom calls and demanded Rs10 lakh from his family. A team of police followed the boy’s family members who went to Baghpat to deliver a bag that was to contain the money and rescue the boy from the kidnappers,” said HN Singh, senior superintendent of police, Ghaziabad.

“The kidnappers were not given any money for letting the boy free. He was rescued by the efforts of the police,” Singh said.

However, the family members of the boy countered the SSP’s claim and said that they had delivered Rs6-7 lakh to the kidnappers.

“The amount was arranged in a hurry from our friends and relatives, and was delivered to the gang in Baghpat. The boy and his parents were fearful and so, we could not speak much. However, the police must also make more arrests as we suspect that some more people were involved and knew our movements while we started for Baghpat on September 8 in a car,” said Satish Nagar, the boy’s uncle.

Hindustan Times had reported that Rs 6-7 lakh was delivered to the kidnappers and the boy recovered from their possession near Rataul in Baghpat late night on September 8. Sahil’s mother, Manisha and his uncle, Bablu, had gone to deliver the bag, which the police claimed contained pieces of paper.

The police suspect the role of more persons and said they may be acquaintances of Sahil’s family.

“No one from the gang and even people who gave them shelter will be spared. They will all be arrested and put behind bars. We are not denying the possibility of involvement of people known to the family involved in the case,” Singh said.

Sunil sustained gunshot in a leg while a sub-inspector also sustained bullet injury to his hand.

First Published: Sep 16, 2017 21:56 IST