Abducted boy rescued, four arrested

Vijay with his father Rishi Pal in Panchkula on Saturday

Two couples kidnapped seven-year-old hoping that his father, a kulcha vendor, would sell a small plot he owns in Uttar Pradesh to pay Rs 5 lakh ransom

To fleece a kulcha vendor, Rishi Pal, who has a little family land in Uttar Pradesh, two couples planned the kidnapping of his seven-year-old son Vijay from Ramgarh village. The main accused, who was known to the vendor, kidnapped Vijay from the village on January 26 and his accomplice made a ransom call for Rs 5 lakh on February 2. The boy was recovered by a Panchkula police team from Charniya village, Pinjore, on Saturday morning and all the four accused have landed in police custody. Vijay, who studies in a local government school, said that the kidnappers had forced him to wash clothes while he was in their clutches.

"We arrested the four accused," said Panchkula DCP Maneesh Chaudhary. "The two couples have a total of seven children, all between the age of 2 and 7, and we have sent them to a Shishu Niketan (home for abandoned children) in Sector 15."

The accused have been identified as Varinder Kumar (28) of Badayun (UP), his wife Ram Kumari, Hanish Ansari(35) of Betiya (Bihar) and his wife Sakeena. Varinder, who too was a Kulcha vendor, was known to Rishi Pal as he had lived in Ramgarh for a few years. The other accused Hanish worked as a mechanic and lived in a neighbouring village.

"Preliminary investigations suggest that one of the accused knew that Rishi Pal was not in a position to pay Rs 5 lakh. But they were eyeing the land that he owned back home in Uttar Pradesh. They were sure that they would make some money from the vendor. It was purely out of greed that they planned the kidnapping," added the DCP.

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