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Schoolboy rescued from kidnappers

new delhi: Praveen Kumar Arora, a student of Class I in the city’s premier school, St Columbus, was on Friday rescued by Delhi police following the arrest of three kidnappers, reports our correspondent.

Praveen was abducted from the heart of the capital at 7 am on January 15 just as he was about to enter school after alighting from a car.

On Friday, the New Delhi district police raided a hideout, 5/11 Sat Nagar located in the centre of the city and rescued Praveen. They also arrested two accused persons — both with the name Senthil Kumar — who were guarding the school student. A third accused, Jai Raj, was apprehended on Thursday night and it was because of Raj’s statement given during interrogation that the police managed to crack the case.

The initial breakthrough came after police put the phone at Praveen’s residence under observation. On Thursday, the accused called four times between 1.30 in the afternoon to 8.30 in the night, to threaten the parents that they would kill the boy unless their ransom demand of Rs 35 lakh was met, police said.

The family’s driver, Balam, identified the person making the calls as his friend Mangesh. The New Delhi district police then sought the help of the Special Cell to trace the phone calls and found that they had been made from the highway connecting Jaipur, Ajmer and Udaipur. Subsequently, Praveen was rescued following leads given by Raj.

According to one of the kidnappers, they had abducted Praveen so that they could extort money from his parents to pay off the loans they had taken to purchase a Toyota Qualis and a shop. Praveen, looking traumatised, faintly recalled eating chhola, chaawal and rajma. Beyond that he, however, did not say much about the harrowing experience.

Cops suspended over death row

Jammu (PTI): Two policemen were suspended on Friday and a probe was ordered into the alleged custody death of a youth, official sources said.

As the news of the death of Rajesh Singh at the Chinore police station spread in the area on Thursday, protestors attacked the station and set the furniture afire and damaged two vehicles.

On Friday, they kept Singh’s body on the road and started shouting slogans. The blockade was lifted only on the intervention of social welfare minister Moula Ram and deputy commissioner Pawan Kotwal, the sources said.

As tension ran high, authorities suspended two policemen, Ashok Thakur and Rai Singh, and attached the staff of the police station, including its in-charge Balwinder Singh, to the police lines. The probe into the alleged custody death will be conducted by a senior officer and the report will be submitted in a week, the sources said.

J&K officers in vigilance net

Jammu (PTI): The Jammu and Kashmir vigilance organisation has registered cases against a National Conference member of the legislative council and four government officials, including the special secretary of the civil secretariat, a spokesman said.

National Conference leader M.S. Gill has been charged with receiving a bribe of Rs 75,000 from three unemployed youths, promising them government jobs which were never provided, the spokesman said.

The vigilance organisation has established a “misconduct and criminal conspiracy” hatched by special secretary G.R. Gani, as the chief executive officer of the Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency.

Life term for killers

Hissar (PTI): A court has sentenced three persons to life imprisonment in connection with the murder of a youth in 1997. Shanti Devi, her son Rajbir and another woman, Beena, murdered Balwant and threw his body in the main water works at Mahavir colony, the prosecution said. Possession of a house and illicit relations were said to be the motives behind the crime.

Man poisons family

Chandigarh (PTI): A resident of Burail on the periphery of the city committed suicide after allegedly poisoning other members of the family due to financial reasons, police said. His wife died while three children are serious, police said.

Doctor stabbed

Jaipur (PTI): A doctor was stabbed to death by two thieves who burgled his house in Bikaner. One of them managed to decamp with jewellery and cash, police said. As the couple tried to overpower them, one of the thieves stabbed the doctor, the police said. Dr Sushir Bahari later succumbed to injuries. The injured accused, Vipin, was admitted to hospital. The police arrested the other thief and recovered the booty.

Dacoits arrested

Nashik (PTI): A five-member armed gang from Mumbai were arrested near here. Police seized Rs 5 lakh in cash and weapons from the truck in which they were trying to flee.

An exclusive television channel for the students of engineering and technology courses will be launched on the Republic Day. The ministry of human resources development will launch the free-to-air digital channel as part of Gyan Darshan.

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