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5-yr-old Nepal boy rescued

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 20, 2009

Siliguri, Aug. 19(The Telegraph): Police have rescued a five-year-old Nepali boy when his kidnapper tried to collect the ransom from the mother who had come from the neighbouring country.

Sunny Pradhan had fled Nepal with the boy on Sunday and had been holed up in Siliguri since then. Pranoy, alias Rony Ghaley Gurung, was rescued yesterday.

“A few days ago, the 27-year-old Sunny went to Sunsari in eastern Nepal and took the job of a salesman. He was a regular customer at the restaurant run by the Ghaley family at Sunsari. On August 16, he lured the boy with chocolate and brought him to India,” Swapan Ghosh, the inspector-in-charge of Pradhannagar police station, said today.

The police said the boy’s father Prabhakar Ghaley Gurung owns another restaurant in Vienna, Austria.

Sunny is a resident of Ravabusty — located around 200km from here — in the Kalchini block of Jalpaiguri district.

“On Monday, Sunny called Prabhakar’s wife Namita and demanded Rs 30 lakh to free the boy. Namita was told to deliver the money at Panitanki,” said the officer.

Panitanki is about 40km from Siliguri.

The cop said Namita had immediately contacted the Sunsari district police, who found that the call had been made from Pradhannagar and Mallaguri here.

The hotelier left Austria and reached Siliguri via Delhi yesterday. “The boy’s father filed a complaint with us,” said Ghosh. When Namita reached Panitanki yesterday afternoon with the money, Sunny asked her to go to Darjeeling More in Siliguri. The police who were in touch with Namita followed her in plainclothes.

“When Sunny reached Darjeeling More and started talking to her, we surrounded him. He tried to escape but we overpowered him and took him into custody,” said Ghosh. “During interrogation, Sunny told us that five-year-old Pranoy had been kept in a house at Burdwan Road. We soon rescued the boy.”

Sunsari police said they had picked up Dipina Sreshtha and Prakash Limbu on the suspicion that they were accessories to the crime.

“I am thankful to the Indian police who rescued my son,” said Prabhakar.

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