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Anant kidnapping: The autorickshaw driver's story

November 18, 2006 18:34 IST

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Raising questions on the claims of police in the Anant Gupta kidnapping case, the driver of the autorickshaw in which the three-year-old boy had reached home, on Saturday claimed the abductors gave him the child at Sarita Vihar in South Delhi, about 5 km from his residence.

The auto driver, Bhupinder Singh, claiming to have been kept at a police station in Noida overnight, told Zee TV that two men approached him at Sarita Vihar on Friday and gave him Rs 50 to drop Anant home, saying the child had lost his way.

They asked him to drop the boy at the address given on his school badge.

"They approached me at the gas station near Apollo Hospital and I took the boy home," he claimed, raising doubts about the police claim that they took custody of the child in Kakod area on Noida-Bulandshahar border and a policeman accompanied him in the auto to his Sector 15 residence in Noida.

Singh said the boy, who cried on the way, was not accompanied by anyone when he took him home.

He said the guard at the Gupta residence did not recognise the child and took him inside the house along with the boy.

Later, he was called in and the whole family was elated to see the child. He was given sweets and something to eat.

Police took him to the Sector 63 police station, where he was kept overnight and not allowed to make any phone calls, he said.

He said Anant's mother visited him in the police station and gave him a reward of Rs 1000.

Singh said he was let off by the police on Saturday.

Corroborating the auto driver's version, Anant's maternal grandfather Kanak Kumar Varshney said the child was brought home by a man who said he was an auto driver.

"He said somebody handed the child over to him near the Apollo Hospital," Varshney said.

"I just told him that you are my God because you have brought back my grandson. I began weeping. And then I asked him to sit and take sweets and told him we will reward him," he said.

Varshney said he then asked his son-in-law and Anant's father Naresh Gupta to come downstairs immediately, adding the family then informed the police about the child's return.

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Sub: Cops Failure

This is very bad and unpleasing on the police's end. one should learm from them how to frame false stories and take credit. they should ...

Posted by Anshul Gupta

Sub: One more story..

First of all congratulations to Gupta family. It is amazing that police has altogether different story than what auto rickshaw driver and even Anant has ...

Posted by Skilled

Sub: Shame on police

Its a shame on police that they fabricate stories to take credit for something they have not done. Who will trust this department?? Police should ...

Posted by Srinivas Chekuri

Sub: Shame on Police

Though it was creditable that the Police tried to keep the heat on the kidnappers and must have tried their best but it's a real ...


Sub: Ransom and its aftereffects

This kind lawlessness and poor policing is going to give inspiration to all those jobless goonda elements in BIMARU states to start a very lucrative ...

Posted by Mahesh



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