On Sunday, a 17-year-old girl was detained by the Bhiwandi police for allegedly kidnapping a minor boy for ransom.
According to Asian Age, the incident took place on Saturday afternoon when the 11-year-old boy went to his tuition classes. The boy’s mother, who works as a tailor, received a call from an unidentified person demanding Rs 6 lakh if she wanted her son back. “When the boy left from his tuition, the accused lured the boy to come with her and later made an extortion call to the boy’s mother. She threatened to harm him if Rs 6 lakh ransom was not paid,” said a Thane police officer told the leading daily.
The female caller also threatened that the boy would be killed if they approached the police, and asked his mother to bring the money in a bag and keep it on a bike near Shivaji Chowk in Bhiwandi town. When the boy’s mother rushed to inform her husband, who works at a jewellery shop, she found her son alone and crying near the shop on Quarter Gate Road. The boy told his mother that a female, whom he referred to as “aunty”, allegedly took him away while he was returning from his tuition classes and asked about his father’s workplace. He said while walking along with the female, he managed to give her the slip and came running to his father’s shop.
Later, the boy’s mother informed the police about the incident, and as per their instructions, she kept a bag on the bike, as specified by the caller. When a ‘burqa’-clad female came to the spot to pick the bag, the police nabbed her. The accused, who is a minor, told the police she used to go to the boy’s mother to get her clothes stitched and that she kidnapped the minor for money. The cops have booked the 17-year-old girl under Indian Penal Code Section 364-A (kidnapping for ransom) and have sent her to a remand home.
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