Police rescue two-year-old from abductors
KATHMANDU, AUG 29 -
Police rescued a child, who was abducted for hefty ransom, from the clutches of kidnappers on Saturday evening. A special team from the Metropolitan Police Range Hanumandhoka secured the release of two and a half years old Mahesh Shrestha from Teku following the arrest of mastermind Basanta Gurung and his two associates from Tanahun and Kathmandu.
Gurung, who was assisting in the yarchagumba business of the child’s mother Sushma Limbu Shrestha for the last one month, turned enemy and made an abduction plan for quick bucks. Earlier, Sushma and Gurung had gone to Nepalgunj in search of rare medicinal herb, Yarchagumba, worth Rs. 5 million. Gurung told the investigators that her plan to buy herbs worth millions made him think that she must have huge money.
DSP Kedar Dhakal said Gurung had picked up the child from outside Machhapokhari-based guesthouse and kept him at his rented room in Teku. Gurung started sending messages and telephoned Sushma demanding Rs. 6 million ransom for the return of the child. According to Sushma, Gurung, posing himself as a kidnapper, threatened to kill the child if she failed to pay the ransom. Initially, Gurung had demanded Rs. 150 million in ransom but agreed to reduce the amount later.
Sushma had initially sought help from Young Communist League for her only son’s release. Police were informed of the abduction on Friday after the YCL attempt went in vain. Keeping the child in Kathmandu, Gurung and his associate Suryaman Lama went Tanahun and called Sushma demanding Rs. 5 million in ransom. Police team managed to get hold of the duo when they came to receive the ransom from Sushma. Following the arrest, police rescued Shrestha from Teku where Gurung had instructed his associate Raju Gurung, to look after the child.
Posted on: 2010-08-29 08:28