Two people allegedly kidnapped a seven-year-old girl from Noida in Uttar Pradesh for “sacrifice” for a secret Holi practice were arrested on Tuesday and the child was rescued, police said.
One of the accused, a neighbor of the child, was having a hard time getting married and consulted a bridesmaid who proposed a method to please the gods of marriage. He has been identified as a henchman but is free, police said.
The child, who was living in Chhijarsi village and was missing on March 13, has been rescued from Baghpat district, according to Harish Chander, deputy police commissioner (Central Noida).
He said the residents of Chhijarsi, which is under the boundaries of the 63rd sector police station, immediately started a search but could not find the child and then approached the police.
“An FIR was immediately filed under Article 363 of the IPC (missing). Searches were launched while more than 200 people were monitored via CCTV footage for their connection to the incident, after which the two defendants were arrested and arrested by manual entry,” Mr Chander said. .
The detainees have been identified as Sonu Balmiki and his partner Neetu. Three other people, including the leftist Satendra, are at large, he said.
The agent said the arrested defendants had no criminal record but frequently consumed liquor.
“Sonu, who lived in the same neighborhood, was unmarried. He contacted Satendra, who told him that if a man was sacrificed, he would marry her. Then this child was kidnapped and the accused told Holi that they could sacrifice the child.” “DCP Chander told reporters.
“Due to the efforts of the police, the child has been rescued safely. Two main defendants have been arrested and three others were involved in the incident, but will soon be on the run,” he said.
Mr Chander said Sonu’s sister lives in the Baghpat district. They had the child there and intended to sacrifice it in Bagpath.
Police Commissioner Alok Singh has announced a 50,000 rupee award for the police team involved in breaking up the case, DCP Chander said.
Police said more court proceedings are underway in the case.
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