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Mumbai: Saki Naka police arrested a Akram Khan (37) for allegedly kidnapping a five-year-old minor boy on Thursday morning and demanding a ransom of Rs one lakh. The police have booked the accused under section 363 of the Indian Penal Code that pertains to kidnapping.

According to police sources, a minor boy was reported missing from his residence in Kajupada area of Saki Naka on Thursday morning at 11 am, when Khan allegedly kidnapped the boy while playing. After an hour of searching when the parents could not find their son, they were panicked.

All of a sudden, the boy’s father received a phone call from an unknown person who demanded Rs one lakh as a ransom to set their child free. Threatened by the call, Shakir Shaikh, the complainant immediately approached Saki Naka police in the evening and registered a complaint.

Acting on the complaint, the police traced the number’s current location and apprehended the accused. Khan was hiding the boy in a house two lanes away from the Shaikh residence in Kajupada. The case was detected within 6 hours and the accused was arrested. Navinchandra Reddy, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 10) said, “The accused was nabbed within hours of committing the crime and the minor boy has been rescued. The police will be recording the statement of the minor after he comes out of the trauma.”

Primary investigation has revealed that Khan had taken a loan on interest, and admitted kidnapping to repay the loan. Khan said he had no intention of hurting the child.

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