An eight-year-old braveheart from Dongri recently hoodwinked his abductor and made his way back to his grandmother’s home in the vicinity. So quick was his getaway that his family didn’t even notice that the boy had gone missing.
An officer from the Dongri police station said the boy, a garment store owner’s child, was walking with his grandmother near Bishti Mohalla in Dongri around 8.45pm on November 9 when a man approached him while he was alone and took him to the Kambekar Street nearby with the lure of a chocolate.
The grandmother didn’t raise an alarm when he disappeared as families and children often visit each other in the close-knit locality; she thought the child had walked into one such family’s house.
The boy was allegedly taken to a building (later identified as Usmania building in that area) and confined to a room on the ground floor. “Claiming that he would return soon, the abductor left, shutting the door behind him,” said the police officer. There was just one glitch in the kidnapper’s plan: he forgot to lock the door; he was either too smug that the child would not be able to summon the courage to sneak out in the night or the thought of locking up completely slipped his mind. “When he did not return after some time, the boy found that the door was unlocked and left the place,” added the officer.
The eight-year-old found his way to his grandmother’s house in Nishan Pada, also in Dongri, around 12.15am. Again, the grandmother found nothing amiss as he had in the past stayed out late at night in the locality.
The boy, who had begun to run a fever by then, went off to sleep thereafter. He narrated his ordeal only after his mother arrived in the morning. The shaken family took him to the police station, where he described his kidnapper.
The officer said the police visited the building where the boy had allegedly been held and gathered information about the suspect, Mohammad Shahid Mohammad Taufiq Ansari, 28, a resident of Ahmedabad. “A police team went there and apprehended him. After the boy identified him as his abductor, Ansari was arrested on November 13.”
Ansari has been booked under sections 363 (kidnapping) and 511 (punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the Indian Penal Code.