Jhapa, December 12

Jhapa police made public three persons arrested for abducting a seven-year-old Indian child and holding him hostage in Nepal.

Organising a press meet on the premises of Jhapa District Police Office, police paraded Badri Yadav, 47, Shree Prasad Malha, 31 and Anju Mukhiya, 27 of Gaurigunj Rural Municipality. Police had nabbed the trio from Gaurigunj last night and rescued Mahafuj Alam from captivity.

According to DSP Shyamal Subba of Damak Area Police Office, the arrestees were remanded to custody and a case of abduction and hostage-taking has been filed against them.

Yadav was a candidate for the federal Parliament from Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal in the two Constituent Assembly polls from Prime Minister KP Oli’s constituency in Jhapa.

Alam was abducted from his home at India’s Supol on December 6. The child was rescued when he was being held captive in a hotel in Damak. The kidnappers had sought a ransom of Indian rupees 1.5 million from child’s family. Alam’s family had reported to Gaurigunj Area Police Office through Indian police after they failed to pay ransom to the abductors. Nepal police rescued the child in collaboration with Indian police and handed him over to family members yesterday, said DSP Subba.