5-year-old Delhi schoolboy kidnapped from a school bus, rescued; one accused killed in a gunfight

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A 5-year-old was kidnapped from a school van in east Delhi last month by armed men was saved by a police team that killed a suspect in a gunfight in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad on Tuesday, the officials said. The kidnappers started firing on the policemen during the rescue operation, a senior Delhi Police official said.

“Two kidnappers named Pankaj and Ravi were injured in retaliatory firing by the police…While Ravi succumbed to his injuries, Pankaj had to be admitted to GTB hospital. Nitin – the third kidnapper – has been arrested,” the official said. The kidnappers had rented a flat in Ghaziabad where they hid the boy, another official said. The police arrested a man providing information to them and learned about the hideout. Police planted a ploy near Loni border but Ravi opened fire when he spotted the police. One of the policemen was also hit by a bullet. He was protected because of a bulletproof jacket he was wearing.

The kidnapped class 1 student was handed over to his parents. “We got to know around 1 am that our child has been found…The doctor said that he needed rest,” his grandfather said. On January 25, the boy was kidnapped by two masked men on a motorcycle when he was going to school with his sister around 7:30 am from Shahdara. The kidnappers got on the school bus and snatched him from among 20 children following firing the school van driver in the leg. As soon as the kidnappers left, a woman attendant inside the school van informed school authorities and they contacted the Delhi police. The kidnappers, on the other hand, demanded a ransom of Rs 70 lakh from the family.

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