The son of Adobe's India CEO was kidnapped today in Noida, near Delhi, by two as yet unidentified persons.

Naresh Gupta's son was on his way to school with a maid, when the abductors struck in broad daylight in an upmarket sector of Noida, according to local police.

Gupta is currently out of the country.

Kidnappings, house thefts and road-side robberies are common in India, and in many cases the targets are well-paid IT professionals.

The boom in the IT and business process outsourcing industries in India has created a large economic divide – and resentment – between literate Indians and the large number of illiterate people in the country.

The motive for the abduction is not yet known. The abductors have neither requested a ransom nor tried to contact the child's family, police said.

The Adobe development centre in Noida is involved in developing technologies used in the company's products and providing other services, such as localisation of Adobe Reader in other languages.