Ghaziabad, Feb 6: The five-year-old boy, who was kidnapped from his school bus a day before Republic Day, was rescued by Delhi Police’s crime branch after a shootout on Monday. One of the criminals was shot dead while two others were injured, sources confirmed. One of the policemen was also injured in the fierce gunbattle. The kidnapper, killed in the shootout, has been identified as Ravi, police said. He was taken to GTB hospital where he was declared brought dead. The child has now been handed over to the parents. Also Read - Won't go to 'Open Jail' in Burari, Will Block All 5 Entry Points to Delhi: Farmers' Union to Centre

On January 25, a student was kidnapped by two unidentified men in Shreshtha Vihar. The bike-borne assailants stopped the Vivekananda school bus at around 8 AM, shot at the driver and kidnapped the student. The kidnappers then fled towards the Delhi-UP border, eyewitnesses said. The driver was critically injured and was admitted to a hospital. Also Read - COVID-19: Entire Delhi Can be Inoculated Within 3-4 Weeks of Vaccine Availability, Says Satyendar Jain

The criminals shout out the name of the child. “The boy usually sat at the front but was seated at the rear on Thursday. The child’s sister and a woman school staffer were also present in the bus,” said a police officer.

There were around 14-15 children on the school bus. The bus had been slowing down to pick up a child in east Delhi when the incident took place. While one of the kidnappers shot at the driver and snatched his vehicle keys, the other stood guard at the rear of the bus. The child, according to the reports, was not wearing his school dress or ID card as he had to take part in a fancy dress competition.

The kidnappers had demanded a ransom of Rs 60 lakh from the parents of the child. The incident of kidnapping in Shreshtha Vihar in east Delhi had come at a time when security had been tightened in and around Delhi ahead of Republic Day celebration on January 26.