BENGALURU: A 10-year-old boy, who was kidnapped while on his way to school in KR Puram on Saturday morning, was rescued within 15 hours after a swift operation by city police. Mayank Patel, son of a timber merchant, was rescued 140 km away in Palamaner (Chittoor), Andhra Pradesh. All four abductors were arrested. One of them is an employee of the timber shop owned by Mayank’s father Haresh Patel, a native of Gujarat who had settled in Bengaluru years ago.
The incident happened around 8am on Saturday when Mayank, a fourth standard student, was walking towards Narayana E Techno School, along with his grandfather Dahiyabhai. The school is located right behind their residence in Ayyappanagar and it was a daily routine for the grandfather to walk Mayank to school.
On Saturday morning, the abductors came in a Maruti Eeco, pushed Dahiyabhai aside and bundled Mayank into the car. Dahiyabhai suffered minor injuries but quickly informed his family members.
The boy’s uncle Purushotham then approached KR Puram police station and filed a case. A special team was formed to nab the culprits. Police also obtained footage from a CCTV camera installed at a nearby bank and identified the vehicle used by the accused. However, the number-plate turned out to be a stolen one taken from a parked vehicle in the area. page 3