A five-year-old child, who was abducted from his school bus late last month by two armed bikers, was rescued by the Delhi Police from the kidnappers' hideout in Ghaziabad early on Tuesday. One kidnapper was killed in the gunfight while two others were admitted to hospital.
The child, identified as Rehan, has been handed over to his parents.
Rehan was rescued in the early hours after a Crime Branch team received a tip-off and laid a trap in a residential area on the Loni border, a Crime Branch official said. In the shoot-out one of the kidnappers Ravi was killed and his associate Pankaj suffered injuries to his leg. The third, Nitin, was arrested. No police personnel was hurt, he said.
Delhi Police said the rescue mission was launched around 1 am and one policeman was hit on his bullet-proof jacket when the kidnappers opened fire.
One of the kidnappers was killed when the police returned fire, while two others received bullet injuries and were admitted to the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital.
Initially, the Shahdara district police was investigating the case, but two days after the incident, the boy's father received a call where the caller demanded Rs 70 lakh ransom for his release. The Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik then transferred the case from Shahdara district to crime branch.
"Police started scanning all the CCTV footages and established that the kidnappers before executing the incident, conducted recce. Police have found several footages where they have seen the kidnappers and later with the help of technical surveillance, police started tracking their location," police sources said.
Last month, two masked men on a motorcycle waylaid a school bus in east Delhi and abducted the child from among 20 children after shooting the driver in the leg.