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Abducted for Rs 25 cr ransom, Bihar schoolgirl found in Nepal

Parents of a five-year-old girl child kidnapped last week from Bihar were finally able to hold her in their arms at 5 am this morning. A ransom call had warned them that they would not get their daughter back unless they paid 25 crores.

Bhanu Agarwal and his wife rushed to the Nepal border late last night with senior police officers from Katihar, where their daughter Sparsh was abducted while returning home from school.

Bhanu Agarwal is a prominent local businessman.

Last week, when his daughter was on her way home in her school bus, two men told the driver that her parents had asked them to collect her because they needed her at home quickly.

The driver agreed because he recognized one of the two men as a former bus driver for the same school. The abductors took away Sparsh on a motorcycle and then moved her to a Tata Sumo which they used to cross into Nepal. The girl was kept near Viratnagar in Nepal.

Two days later, a ransom call was made to the Agarwals for 25 crores; which was later traced to the cellphone of Santosh Yadav, whose father, Naresh Yadav is a former parliamentarian and a member of the Congress.

The former parliamentarian's arrested son gave information that helped identify where Sparsh was being kept. The Nepal police brought the child to the border this morning. She was let into India the minute the check posts opened where her parents were waiting.