Kokrajhar, July 30: Villagers in the remote Bishmuri Bangalbazar area, north of Kokrajhar, today caught a kidnapper and rescued a three-year-old boy, who was abducted from Santinagar in the district two weeks back.
Sources said the villagers got suspicious and caught Ananta Debnath, who was holed up in the area to negotiate the ransom with the family members for the release of the boy.
The villagers later handed him over to police.
Debnath, who hails from Salakati Banderchara of Kokrajhar district, kidnapped Manash Mazumdar on July 17. He used to work at the Mazumdar house.
The police have so far arrested five persons - Raju Barman, Tapasi Debnath, Sukur Ali, Guljan Bibi and Tularam Narzary - in connection with the case. Another member of the gang, Ibrahim, is still absconding, the police said.
According to sources, the kidnappers first demanded Rs 30 lakh for the release of the boy but later scaled it down to Rs 3 lakh.
A family member said they paid Rs 3 lakh two days back but the kidnappers did not release the boy.
The boy's father, Manoj Mazumdar, thanked the villagers for saving and rescuing his son, that too on his birthday.