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Feb 04, 2008 at 05:48pm IST

Adobe CEO son's kidnapper escapes from police custody

Noida: The alleged mastermind behind the November 2006 kidnapping of the three-year-old son of a top MNC executive gave a slip to the police after a court hearing at this suburban town of the national capital on Monday.

The accused, Chhattrapal, and two others allegedly involved in the kidnapping were climbing down the court stairs along with four police officials when he quietly escaped, a police official said on the condition of anonymity.

"He managed to escape after unlocking his handcuffs. We have formed teams to arrest him," a police official said.

THE VICTIM: Adobe India CEO Naresh Gupta's three-year-old son Anant at home after his rescue on November 19, 2006.

Chhattrapal and his accomplices had abducted Adobe India CEO Naresh Gupta's three-year-old son Anant on November 13, 2006, and demanded Rs 5 million as ransom.

Anant was rescued five days later. The police had then arrested Chhattrapal, Pawan and one more person on charges of kidnapping.

According to the police, Chhattrapal was behind the other peoples on the staircase of the court and disappeared into the crowd. The police officials realised he was missing only after they reached the bottom of the staircase.

The police are interrogating his two arrested accomplices about Chhattrapal's escape plans and his possible whereabouts. "No decision has been taken on the police officials escorting him," the official added.