Had an alert resident not intervened, Class II student Sahil, who studied in a school in New Friends’ Colony, would have been kidnapped.
The incident unfolded like this: On Tuesday morning police received a call from the school’s principal on 100 informing them about an alleged kidnapping attempt outside the school premises.
Police rushed to the spot and was provided first-hand account by a woman, who after seeing Sahil with a stranger had informed the school’s principal.
Acting on the information, police nabbed a 38-year-old man identified as Mukesh, who works as a delivery man, on alleged charges of trying to kidnap seven-year-old Sahil.
“When the man was taking the child with him, a woman who knew the child’s parents saw them and suspected something was amiss and raised an alarm,” said Rajeev Ranjan, additional DCP-I (Southeast).
During the process it was found that he actually had lured the boy with toffees while he was walking towards the school. Also, he told the boy that he knew his parent.
The child got impressed and had started walking from the school until a woman intervened.
“This was not the first time that Mukesh was trying to lure the boy with chocolates. So when Mukesh approached Sahil outside the school on Tuesday, he easily recognised him and accepted the chocolates. But an alert woman, who knew the boy’s parents and was nearby at the time of the incident, quickly informed the school authorities,” said a senior police official as quoted by HT.
The information was divulged by Mukesh during his interrogation. Later on the boy was united with his parent, who lives in Taimoor Nagar.
Mukesh has been claiming that he was just taking the child for a walk but it is being suspected that he was kidnapping the child with an intention to sexually assault him, police said as quoted by PTI.