On 25 January, a school bus carrying 14 children was targeted by two men, shot the driver in leg and kidnapped a 5yrs old child.
However, police rescued the boy after a long dispute of fire with the kidnappers. The incident took place on January 25 at Shahdra area where police were already deployed because of Republic day, the ASEAN summit and protest of the famous movie Padmavat.
As a result, one of the kidnapper was shot dead while other was injured. The injured one was being admitted to a nearby GTB hospital.
Alok Kumar, the Joint commissioner of police confirmed the rescue of the child but refused to divulge further details.
After receiving a call from kidnapper demanding 70 lakh ransom from the father, the case has been shifted from shahdra district police to crime branch.
“Police started scanning all the CCTV footages and established that the kidnappers before executing the incident, conducted recce. Police have found several footages where they have seen the kidnappers and later with the help of technical surveillance, police started tracking their location,” police sources said.
The kidnappers were identified as Ravi and Nitin who were staying in a rented room along with the boy. Both the boys hired a third person to collect the information and pass on to them but unfortunately, the police detained the man and the flat details was disclosed.
“A trap was laid near the flat, situated at Loni border, where the kidnapper Ravi opened fire at police after seeing them. In retaliation, police also fired on him and he was shot dead on the spot. Police also fired on Nitin, who sustained two gunshots. Several rounds of fire were exchanged between the accused and police. Also two bullets hit police personnel, but they were wearing bulletproof jackets. All the victims, including some police personnel were taken to GTB Hospital for medical treatment,” the officer added.
“Minutes after the bus halted, two men parked their black coloured bike nearby and entered the bus. Both of them kept their helmets on. They asked the driver about the details of a particular boy, and when he refused to share details, one of them pointed the gun at a woman attendant sitting in the front seat. The woman attendant was questioned at gunpoint, and she eventually pointed to a boy sitting alongside his sister on the last seat,” a police officer said.
“One of the assailants went and grabbed the boy from his seat. When his sister tried to intervene and held his hand, he pointed the gun at her. One of them also fired at the driver, shooting him on his thigh. The two then fled towards Uttar Pradesh with the boy,” an officer said, adding that child was wearing a fancy dress to participate in a school event, and was not carrying his identification card at the time.