Bengaluru: 10-year-old boy kidnapped on the way to school

BENGALURU: A gang of unidentified men kidnapped the 10-year-old son of a timber merchant in broad daylight in Bengaluru on Saturday.

Mayank was on his way to school with his grandfather in the morning when he was abducted.

The boy’s father Haresh Patel owns a timber shop in KR Puram called Vinayaka Timbers and the family resides in Ayyappanagar. On Saturday morning at around 8 am, Mayank, a fourth standard student, was walking to his school, Narayana E Techno School along with his grandfather Dahiyabhai as was their routine day. The school is located right behind their residence but the path to it has little traffic in the morning.

The abductors drove up in a Maruti Eco, pushed Dahiyabhai aside and pulled Mayank into the car and drove away. Dahiyabhai suffered minor injuries but immediately informed his family members.

The boy’s uncle Purushotham approached KR Puram police and filed a case. A special team has been formed to nab the accused. Police also obtained footage from a CCTV camera installed at a nearby bank and were able to identify the vehicle used by the accused.

Till late Saturday evening the family had received no ransom calls, said police. Patel, who hails from Gujarat, settled down in Bengaluru a few years ago. A senior police officer said they are yet to ascertain the motive behind the kidnapping.