11-year-old son of businessman kidnapped, murdered; four held
REWA (Madhya Pradesh): An 11-year-old son of a businessman in a
village near Rewa was allegedly kidnapped for ransom and murdered, following
which four persons were arrested on Monday, police said.
The arrested persons include a distant relative of the boy, they
said. Yash alias Aryan, son of medicine trader Prakash Gupta in Baikunthpur
village, was abducted last evening while he was on his way to his father’s shop
near his residence.
Later, his abductors called up Gupta on his mobile phone and
demanded a ransom of Rs 20 lakh, police said, adding that they also threatened
Gupta of dire consequences if he approached the police.
However, when other traders came to know about the incident,
they downed shutters of their shops and demanded an immediate release of the
abducted boy. On knowing about the case, police launched a hunt to trace the
abductors on the basis of their mobile call location.
However, kidnappers apparently came to know about the police’s
involvement late last night and called up Gupta. They doubled the ransom amount
to Rs 40 lakh for Yash’s release, police said. But, Yash’s body was found in
Janakhai forest area in the morning, police said.
The residents of the area staged a protest in front of the local
police station, demanding immediate arrest of the accused. After
investigations, police zeroed in on the victim's distant uncle Rohit Gupta and
others-Sourabh Soni, Sudhir Soni and Nashile Koli- and arrested them.
Police said the mastermind
of the crime, Gaurav Vishwakarma, is missing.