To earn easy money, a first-year Delhi University student, along with her minor brother, allegedly kidnapped a three-year-old son of their landlord and demanded a ransom of Rs. 50 lakh, police said yesterday.
Fortunately, the child was rescued within 24 hours and the Delhi University student was arrested and her brother apprehended in connection with the case, police said.
Accused initially asked for Rs. 5cr, reduced price after negotiation
The victim's father filed a missing complaint on Thursday, following which a case was registered at the Vasant Kunj police station.
During the investigation, it was revealed the accused demanded the ransom amount from the victim's father through WhatsApp messages.
The duo initially demanded a ransom of Rs. 5cr from the victim's father and later reduced the amount to Rs. 50 lakh after negotiation.
Accused hired room nearby their residence to keep the child
By technical surveillance, the police found that the accused used hotspot to send messages.
During interrogation, the accused said the duo hatched a conspiracy to kidnap the son of their landlord in August.
They then hired a room nearby their residence in the Ghitorni area and kept the child in that room after kidnapping him, Devender Arya, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southwest) said.
Woman is a BCom student, brother is in Class XII
The woman was arrested from her residence in the Ghitorni area within 24 hours, the DCP said. Police said she is a first-year B.Com student of Ramanujan College and her brother a Class XII student of a government school.