Kidnapped boy rescued in Gumla

Hazaribagh, Feb. 2: An 11-year-old-boy from Hazaribagh who was abducted on January 29 was rescued from Gumla district this morning, with police nabbing the mastermind yesterday leading to the arrest of five others today.

Vikas Kumar, a Class III student of Vivekanand Public School, was kept in a house in Gumla, around 160km from Hazaribagh. The abductors had demanded Rs 18 lakh as ransom from his father Nirmal Kumar Sahu, a contractor.

Vikas had gone missing from near Markham College on the evening of January 29.

Hazaribagh SP Manoj Kaushik said several teams were constituted after police lodged an FIR. The police raided several places in Hazaribagh, Chatra, Latehar and Gumla.

Deepak Kumar Singh, who hatched the kidnap plan, was nabbed from Kandsar in Katkamsandi, Hazaribagh, yesterday. He revealed to police that Vikas was in Gumla with one Chotu Singh and his wife Rakhi Devi. Apart from the couple, Chotu's father-in-law Ram Singh, the owner of a roadside hotel, was also arrested.

Later, one Ashish Kumar, alias Ashu, and Laxman Singh were arrested in Hazaribagh.

The Hazaribagh SP said Ashish, who connived with Deepak to abduct Vikas, was the caretaker of a house purchased by the victim's father.

Vikas revealed that Deepak and Laxman took him in a bike to Balumath, Latehar, on January 29 and to Gumla the next day. Like his father, the two are natives of Chatra who the boy was familiar with.

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