A day before Republic Day, two bike-borne assailants staged a daring kidnapping: they intercepted a school bus near Vivekanand School in Dilshad Gardens, shot at the driver and escaped with a Class 1 student. Police said that the kidnappers opened fire to attack them when they reached the spot.
Ten days later, police have managed to rescue the five-year-old from Ghaziabad.
One of the investigating police officials said: "A trap was laid near the flat, situated at Loni border, where the kidnapper Ravi opened fire at police after seeing them".
Around 100 police personnel of the Crime Branch were involved in the rescue operation on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday after they managed to track down and arrest one of the suspected kidnappers.
Two of the kidnappers were injured and brought to GTB Hospital. "Two of his accomplices received bullet injuries and have been admitted to the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital", Delhi Special Commissioner of Police (Crime) R.P. Upadhyaya, told reporters.
They had demanded a ransom of Rs. 70L.
The child was allegedly kidnapped by three friends, one of whom, Ravi, was shot dead by the police while another one, Pankaj alias Singh Saheb (21), suffered injury in his thigh.
The boy was rescued from a flat in an apartment in Sahibabad area.
The officer further added that one of the kidnappers then went and grabbed the boy from his seat, while his sister held his hand.
While the kidnappers fired five rounds, the Crime Branch team, led by DCP Dr Ram Gopal Naik, retaliated by firing three times.
They used to make videos of the child and would share it over whatsapp with the parents. Police team reached the flat where the child was kept following his revelation. But the child was not harmed, and has been returned to his family, an officer confirmed.
"We will find that out soon, once the lady who used to work in the house is arrested", he said.