Police rescue boy abducted for ransom

SHARJAH — Sharjah Police have arrested an Indian national for allegedly kidnapping a one-year-old boy from a villa located in Yarmouk area on Sunday evening. The man, who was allegedly demanding a ransom of Dh35,000 to release the boy, was arrested within hours of the kidnapping, police sources said.

By Riyasbabu And Afkar Abdullah

Published: Tue 13 Nov 2007, 8:52 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:36 AM

According to the boy’s family sources, the kidnapping took place at around 6pm on Sunday.

A family source said, “The accused works as a watchman at the villa where the family stays. The accused was close to the family. On Sunday evening he came to the villa asking the mother of the child to give him some water to drink. As the woman went to the kitchen, the accused left the spot with the child.”

The mother panicked on not seeing her son. “She called her husband immediately. However, she was shocked when her husband told her that the accused had already called him, claiming both he and the child had been kidnapped by a gang, and that they were demanding a ransom of Dh35,000,” the family source revealed.

“The father of the child rushed to the police station and lodged a complaint. The police decided to lay a trap to nab the accused.

“As instructed by the police, the boy’s father told the accused to wait until he came with the money,” said the family source.

Police sources said that as soon as they received the complaint, they started tracing the accused and the child. “Once we traced the location of the man and the child to Rolla area, we set a trap to nab the kidnapper and rescue the child.”

“As per the plan, the child’s father went and met the accused at around 9pm in Rolla area yesterday. While he was handing over the ransom money, CID officials rushed to the spot. However, the accused managed to flee from the scene,” police sources said. But he was soon tracked and arrested.

“Now we are interrogating the accused to find out if there is any third party involvement in the incident,” the police sources said.

Both the family and the accused belong to the south Indian state of Kerala.

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