Kidnapping gang busted, four arrested in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: Police here on Wednesday busted a six-member kidnapping gang and arrested four, including a couple who allegedly abducted and sold children in two districts of Andhra Pradesh.

Based on credible information, sleuths of Santoshnagar Police (South Zone) apprehended the gang members and rescued nine children (all boys aged between 4-12 ) who were abducted in the past four years, Hyderabad Police Commissioner A K Khan told reporters.

The arrested identified as Mahboob Khan, his wife Reshma Sultana, and two elderly persons-- Kamala and D Mallaiah Yadav (both aged 60)-- along with two other absconding accused Sajeed and Shafi abducted lonely children from different areas of the old city here, Khan explained.

After kidnapping the children the gang members used to take them to Nizamabad and Karimnagar districts in auto rickshaws and keep the victims in their custody and then sold the boys for amounts ranging between Rs 35,000 to Rs 1 lakh, the Police Commissioner said.

"Reshma and Kamala who moved in Old City localities after spotting lonely moving children used to offer them chocolates and biscuits and thereafter Mahboob Khan, Sajeed and Shafi abducted the children in auto-rickshaw and took them to Vemulawada of Karimnagar," the Hyderabad Police chief said.

The abducted children were initially sold to Yadav for sums ranging between Rs 35,000 to Rs 60,000 who in turn sold the boys for amounts ranging between Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh in Nizamabad and Karimnagar districts, Khan said.

"In pursuance of the confession, police traced and rescued nine boys out of whom four were identified and efforts were on return the children to their families," Khan said.

Investigation is in progress to find involvement of other gangs in the whole kidnapping episode, he added.