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A 27-year-old rickshaw-puller was today arrested for allegedly kidnapping a four-and-a-half- year-old child to sell him off, the police said.
The child, who was abducted two days ago by the accused, was rescued safely from the New Delhi Railway Station this morning, they added.
According to police, a woman filed a complaint, on August 9, in the Punjabi Bagh police station that her son had been kidnapped.
She told the police that on August 8, one Soneshwar Tigga, who had been residing with their family for over a year, took her son to Punjabi Bagh market, but after his return he told her that someone took away the child from him, a senior police official said.
Following which Tigga was quizzed and he told the police that he had befriended one Sunil at the market and they were consuming beer when the boy went missing, they added.
During the probe, the police managed to zero down on Sunil in Manesar, who told them that he had hired a rickshaw from the central market in Punjabi Bagh.
Along with the rickshaw-puller, he purchased country-made liquor and consumed it. The duo then went to Pitampura and later returned to Punjabi Bagh where he met Tigga along with the child. Sunil and Tigga went inside a house where Sunil's wife worked as a maid to get some money to buy liquor.
They had left the boy in the rickshaw and after they returned, they found that the rickshaw-puller had taken away the child, he said.
CCTV footages from the market were analysed and it was confirmed that the rickshaw-puller had kidnapped the boy.
The police then procured photographs of the rickshaw- puller and the rickshaw, and these were shown to all the rickshaw-pullers in the area but they did not get any clue.
The rickshaw was later found parked in a garage in Madipur. The owner told the police that one Vinod had taken the rickshaw and then brought it back on August 8. Vinod was not seen in the area after that, the police said.
A police team then zeroed down on Vinod's brother Krishan who stays in Madipur village. It was found that Vinod had gone to his native place in Samastipur in Bihar.
A team was sent there but Vinod along with the child had fled from there.
Following which, all trains coming from Samastipur were checked and finally the boy was rescued from the New Delhi railways station this morning and Vinod was arrested, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Vijay Kumar.
During interrogation, Vinod revealed that he was in need of money and had kidnapped the child so that he could sell him and earn quick money, he added.