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Police foil boy ransom plan

A 16-year-old boy, missing for the past 17 days, was rescued from Jogbani near the India-Nepal border in Araria on Sunday around 4am before the abductors could make any ransom demand.

Purnea resident Raghav Bihani was kidnapped while on his way to play cricket at the Kaptanpada ground in the town.

The rescue comes a day after Patna police rescued teenager Shivam Khandelwal on Saturday.

According to the police, the gang hails from Vaishali district. After Raghav’s rescue, he was taken to his maternal uncle’s home in Nepal, where his parents are present to attend a marriage ceremony.

A police team accompanied the boy to the neighbouring country.

Raghav, a student of DAV Public School is a resident of Gulabbag under the jurisdiction of Sadar police station in Purnea, about 350km northeast of Patna.

The cops said he was kidnapped by his friend Sapat Pal around 10.30am on February 24.

He had left home after he received a call from Pal who called him to come to the ground to play cricket. After he did not return till late evening, Raghav’s father, Ashok Bihani, registered a missing case at the Sadar police station. A search operation was launched to rescue the boy. Ashok is a shopkeeper at Gulabbag.

During the mission, the police intensified its search against the kidnappers and arrested two persons.

“We have arrested two persons, including Bengal resident Sapat Pal and Hajipur resident Subhash Sahani. Both are the members of a gang,” superintendent of police Ajit Kumar Satyarthi told The Telegraph, adding that they had continuously been conducting raids since the boy was kidnapped.

He said: “We located Pal from his mobile tower location as he had called Raghav using a cellphone. He used to play cricket with Raghav. After interrogating Pal, we arrested Sahani. We kept conducting raids and that led to Raghav’s rescue today (Sunday).”

Raghav’s parents could not be contacted as they were in Nepal. A relative of the boy said: “Raghav had been kidnapped for ransom but timely action by the police ensured his rescue.”