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5-year-old Delhi schoolboy abducted on Republic Day eve rescued; kidnapper shot dead
The five-year-old boy who had been kidnapped from a school bus in east Delhi's Dilshad Garden on January 25 has been rescued with one of the suspected kidnappers being killed in a gun battle with the police.

The kidnappers had demanded a ransom of Rs 70 lakh from the parents of the child on January 27.

The gunfight took place in Ghaziabad on Tuesday with the kidnappers opening fire on the policemen during the rescue operation. Two kidnappers were injured in cross firing, identified as Pankaj and Ravi.

While Pankaj succumbed to his injuries, Ravi has been injured and has been admitted to a city hospital for treatment. Another kidnapper has also been arrested. One of the policemen was also hit by a bullet but was fortunately saved by the bulletproof jacket that he was wearing.

The boy has now been reunited with his parents.

On January 25, as the boy was on his way to school along with his sister in a school bus, two armed men on a motorbike stopped the bus and kidnapped him. The bus driver was also injured as he was shot in the leg by the kidnappers. An attendant present inside the school bus informed the school authorities immediately who contacted the police.

The kidnappers had rented a flat in Ghaziabad and the police was able to locate them when another accused identified as Nitin, during interrogation gave away the information of where the child had been kept. The crime branch conducted a raid during which the encounter between the kidnappers and the police took place. Fortunately, the kidnapped child has been rescued unharmed.

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