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Abductors find children soft targets

K.V. Subramanya

THE CITY has witnessed three cases of kidnapping in the past one week and the police are yet to trace the kidnappers in two cases and rescue the hostages.

Over the years, the police have been fairly successful in getting the kidnapped persons, mainly children, rescued though in a few cases the kidnappers murdered the hostages.

A common thread runs through most of the kidnapping cases reported from the city in the past few years: people known to the families of the victims were behind the abductions and they had demanded hefty ransom. All the children who were kidnapped were from middle-class families.

In November 2003, the Bangalore city and Bagalkot district police rescued eight-year-old Bharat who was kidnapped from Nandini Layout police station limits here. Bharat alias Rishab, son of Manjunath, an automobile dealer, was rescued from his kidnappers who had lodged him at a house at Mutge village in Basavanabagewadi taluk of Bagalkot district.

Bharat was kidnapped by a former employee of his uncle, Jagadish, and the accused had demanded a ransom of Rs. 30 lakhs. In April 2004, the Whitefield police rescued a four-year-old girl who was abducted from a temple on the outskirts of the city. The police arrested Trinath Roy (35) and Ajay (22) of Kolkata and Rakesh (19) of Bihar on the charge of kidnapping Sona and demanding a ransom of Rs. 5 lakhs from her father, Jayaprakash Maurya, a contractor with ITPL. Roy, who was said to be the brain behind the kidnapping, was a friend of Maurya.

In another incident, a hardware merchant's two-year-old son, Ali, was kidnapped for ransom by his former employee in R.T. Nagar police station limits some months ago. In a swift action, the City Crime Branch (CCB) officials arrested the kidnappers and rescued Ali, who was held captive at a house in Ramanagaram in Bangalore Rural district.

Four years ago, six-year-old Raghavendra, son of a silk weaver, was kidnapped by an engineer couple from his house in Chickpet police station limits.

Raghavendra's kidnappers had demanded Rs. 20 lakhs for his release. The police ensured Raghavendra's safe release and arrested the couple who were known to his father.

However, some cases of kidnapping have ended on a tragic note.

Some time ago, Deepak (4), son of a businessman, was kidnapped his father's employees in Viveknagar police station limits.

The kidnappers had demanded a Rs. 5-lakh ransom. Later, fearing that Deepak could identify them, they murdered him.

Prem Kumar (14) of Dasappa Layout in Ramamurthynagar and Raksha Prabhu (2), daughter of a hotel manager, also met with a similar fate. While the kidnappers had killed Kumar and thrown his body in the Horamavu tank, Raksha's body was found in a BWSSB manhole.

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