Bihar 6-year-old girl kidnapped for Rs 1 crore ransom rescued in Nepal

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The daughter of an Indian businessman kidnapped in Bihar was rescued in eastern Nepal and one of her abductors arrested on Monday, police officials said. Six-year-old Sparsha Agrawal was abducted from Kursela in Katihar district while returning from school on Wednesday and taken to Nepal. Nepal Police said a former bus driver of her school, Mithun Paswan, was behind the kidnapping and had sought Rs 1 crore as ransom from the girl’s parents.

Sparsha was initially taken to Biratnagar, a city in Nepal located near the border with India, and then to Bhedetar, a popular hill station. She was being held in a house at Pathari in Morang district when she was rescued. Nepali national Dinesh Gupta, who was holding the girl, was arrested. Paswan is still at large.

Nepal Police launched an operation to free the girl after receiving an alert from their Indian counterparts. “It took just 18 hours to crack the case,” said a Nepal Police officer. Police officials said they had handed Sparsha over to her father Bhanu Agrawal, who owns a petrol pump in Katihar.

“We are happy the child has been freed…She is safe,” Purnia range deputy inspector general Upendra Kumar Sinha said.

A sub-inspector at Katihar said a joint team of Bihar and Nepal police had acted on information provided by two men arrested earlier and rescued the girl. The arrested men, including the son of former Rajya Sabha member Naresh Yadav, had on Friday phoned the girl’s father and demanded Rs 25 lakh as ransom.

“Though it was hoax call, their interrogation gave the police authentic information about the abducted child,” the police officer said. “The MP’s son has nothing to do with the kidnapping but he knew about the gang behind the abduction.”

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