“Do you want your son alive”?
“I need at least one lakh cash”
“If this half hour passes, your son would be dead!”
These are a few excerpts from an audio clip of a kidnap negotiation. The shocking factor is not that the kidnapper is threatening to kill within half hour but that the voice belongs to a 14 year old. This distressing incident happened in Hyderabad, Telangana on Sunday afternoon. Rajkumar, a resident of TSR Colony, Meerpet realized on Sunday afternoon that his son 7 year-old Arjun who went out to play, is missing. He immediately contacted Rachakonda police station and lodged a complaint. When the kidnapper called to demand a three lakh ransom, the police laid a trap for him. As the call came in, police became suspicious since they realized that the voice seems to be of a young person. Though the way he spoke was very dramatic, it didn’t need an expert to figure out that it belonged to a kid. He was blurting out some rehearsed dialogues to Arjun’s father.
The cops started tracking the mobile phone signals and rescued the victim within three hours of the complaint. Arjun was reportedly unharmed and fine when they found him. But the police were aghast that a tenth standard kid was the kidnapper. Apparently, the same boy was earlier accused of stealing money in the locality. Police said that the boy was under the influence of Tollywood films and thought he could pull this off and earn a few quick bucks.