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Jul 08, 2013 at 08:18am IST

Delhi Police arrests property dealer for kidnapping 11-year-old boy

New Delhi: The Delhi Police has cracked a kidnapping case of an 11-year-old boy who was abducted on Saturday. Police have arrested a property dealer for allegedly kidnapping the boy with the help of an accomplice for ransom.

According to the police, 42-year-old Harpal Singh Sodhi was arrested from Bhiwari in Rajasthan after which the child was rescued from Rewari Railway Station.

Sodhi's accomplice Harpreet, who is the father of a classmate of the rescued boy, is on the run and efforts are being made to nab him, police said.

Delhi Police arrests property dealer for kidnapping 11-year-old boy

The boy's parents informed the police about the kidnapping after they received a ransom call from the accused demanding Rs 1.5 crore.

Harpreet was allegedly the mastermind behind the kidnapping.

The boy, a resident of Rajinder Nagar in New Delhi, had gone to a nearby market last evening to recharge his father's mobile phone but did not return home. The victim's parents informed the police about the kidnapping after they received a ransom call from the accused demanding Rs 1.5 crore for his release.

A case of kidnapping for ransom was lodged at Rajinder Nagar police station. "During the course of investigation, it was learnt that Harpreet had contacted the victim's parents last week for the purpose of purchasing a shop," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central Delhi) Alok Kumar said.

When Harpreet's family members were questioned, they told the police that he had gone out of Delhi for arranging money to buy the shop, he said.

Police said Harpreet is also a property dealer and he used to work with his friend Sodhi. He, however, managed to escape from the railway station during the rescue operation. The child's family had received two ransom calls and the kidnappers had given a deadline of this morning for arranging the money, they added.

Several police teams were dispatched to various parts of Delhi and also to areas outside the city. The location of the person who made the ransom calls was established near Bhiwadi in Rajasthan through technical surveillance, they said, adding that a car which was used in the crime has been recovered.

With Additional Inputs From PTI

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