Delhi Police Headquarters near ITO (representational image) | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Delhi Police Headquarters near ITO (representational image) | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
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New Delhi: The Delhi Police Tuesday solved an abduction case within three hours after a domestic help at a house in east Delhi’s Shahdara allegedly kidnapped a 7-year-old for a ransom of Rs 1.1 crore, the police said.

The case came to the Gandhi Nagar police station in Shahdara at 5.30 pm Tuesday, when the parents of the child made a PCR call. The police formed several teams immediately to search for the accused, Monu (only one name). 

Since the child’s parents, Rohit and Jyoti Kashyap, couldn’t provide the details about Monu’s address, the police first dispatched teams to railway stations, nearby metro stations, ISBTs, check posts and suspected hideouts of the accused — parks, abandoned buildings and parking lots — to nab him.

In the meanwhile, ransom negotiation calls were also held with Monu, who allegedly called from a random number. However, Monu refused to settle the ransom and gave a one-hour ultimatum.

Finally, at around 8.30 pm, the accused was arrested from the Gokulpuri metro station in east Delhi. The child was found with him.

What the police and parents said

The Kashyaps, who own a water treatment plant in Gandhi Nagar, allegedly received eight threat calls in the three hours after their child was kidnapped.

“I will never forget that day in my life. Monu worked with us for 8-9 days one month back and then he left. We got him back 5-6 days ago with a higher salary as our child is very attached to him,” Rohit Kashyap told ThePrint about the domestic help.

“Every second that passed (Tuesday), we prayed that he is fine and Monu hasn’t harmed our boy. He used to drink alcohol regularly,” Rohit said. 

Shahdara Deputy Commissioner of Police R. Sathiyasundaram said Monu, a class 8 drop out is a native of Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh. He allegedly planned to buy a flat in Mumbai with the ransom amount.

“He had come to look for work 3-4 years ago. He started working at their (Kashyaps) house after one person gave his recommendation to the family. Monu wanted to buy a flat in Mumbai where he worked as a decorator a few years earlier. We are probing the role of others in the incident,” the DCP added.


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