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Thane boy rescued from Bengal

Thane, Feb. 1: A four-year-old boy, allegedly kidnapped from Thane last month, has been rescued from a village in South 24-Parganas.

Ayush, son of Ruby Verma, a bar dancer in Thane, was abducted on January 24. Ruby’s friend and a fellow dancer named Pinki Gupta, two of her relatives and a waiter at the same bar have been arrested.

According to police, Pinki visited Ruby’s house in Thane on the day of the abduction. The waiter, Tinku, and Piki’s sister Kiran, were waiting outside.

After a while, Ayush went down to buy chocolates with Pinki’s daughter. Tinku and Kiran then grabbed Ayush, forced him into an autorickshaw and fled.

Ruby had then lodged a complaint at the Mira Road police station.

The Thane Rural Police superintendent Anil Kumbhare formed multiple teams after repeated calls for ransom, demanding Rs 25 lakh for releasing Ayush.

“All calls were made from public booths and it was proving difficult to trace the caller,” senior inspector Dhanaji Kshirsagar of Mira Road police station told The Telegraph this evening.

The police had kept Pinki and her immediate family and friends under surveillance. The calls’ trail finally led them to Pinki’s native village in Jaynagar, 225km from Calcutta.

“Pinki had made the plan to kidnap Ayush for money. Her sister Kiran Gupta, and Tinku Sao, a waiter who worked in the same bar, had kidnapped the boy when he came down to buy chocolate with Pinki’s little daughter,” Kshirsagar said.

On January 25, they called Pinki’s mother Rinadevi Gupta, who took a flight from Calcutta.

Ayush was sent with her by train to their native village. Tinku then made several calls demanding ransom.

A team from Thane went down to the village and rescued Ayush. He was brought back to his mother on Friday, the police said.