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400 cops, 4 days: How the Pune police solved a kidnapping case in PCMC

Once the boy was in safe custody, the police launched a massive manhunt to nab the accused. Two 20-year-olds were arrested, then, by the Pune police on Tuesday morning for allegedly kidnapping the boy from Purnanagar, Chindhwad.

pune Updated: Sep 26, 2017 23:32 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The two men were identified by the police as Akshay Kashinath Jamdare, 21, a casual factory worker originally from Beed and his debt-ridden, Pune-based associate, Roshan Nandkumar Shinde, 20.(HT PHOTO)

The Pune police had 400 policemen constantly tracking the location of a seven-year-old boy, who was kidnapped on Saturday. The boy, who is a factory owner’s son, was found by the police on Monday evening.

Once the boy was in safe custody, the police launched a massive manhunt to nab the accused. Two 20-year-olds were arrested, then, by the Pune police on Tuesday morning for allegedly kidnapping the boy from Purnanagar, Chindhwad.

The two men were identified by the police as Akshay Kashinath Jamdare, 21, a casual factory worker originally from Beed and his debt-ridden, Pune-based associate, Roshan Nandkumar Shinde, 20. Police commissioner Rashmi Shukla said that the kidnappers panicked when they saw many police posts. Shukla told reporters on Tuesday that Jamdare, who had worked in the businessman Sandeep Kharat’s factory for three months had hatched the plan more than a month ago.

He had asked for ₹60 lakh ransom from the father of the boy.

The child had no visible injuries on him. He told reporters that he was “packed” in the hood of the car.

Police said, while Jamdare was the mastermind, Shinde borrowed the white Indica Vista car in which the child was kept for three days in captivity.

Immediately after kidnapping him, the men left for Gevrai in Beed, Jamdare’s native place, situated around 300 km from Pune.

Within 20-25 minutes of kidnapping him, the two men called Kharat and told him that their child was in their custody. The police set up posts in various parts of the city after Kharat approached them . On their way to the meeting they spotted police posts. They changed their plans and dropped the child near his father’s factory in the late hours of Monday night. On Sunday morning, they demanded a ransom of ₹60 lakh but Om’s father informed them that he could only manage ₹17 lakh.

Shinde was found having dinner at a restaurant in Transportnagar, Nigdi.

First Published: Sep 26, 2017 23:24 IST