A 19-year-old school dropout, his minor brother and another juvenile were apprehended for allegedly abducting and subsequently murdering a taxi driver's son in southwest Delhi, police said on Monday.
Mahesh Katariya, the son of a retired Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable, and his younger brother had battered their 15-year-old victim to death soon after luring him away from his residence in Kakrola Village on May 19, said AK Ojha, Additional Commissioner of Police (southwest).
"Initially, a case of kidnapping had been registered after the victim's father, Surender, approached us with the preliminary inquiry suggesting the involvement of someone known to the family," said Ojha.
Soon enough, police claimed, technical surveillance provided a clue which would soon lead them to the victim's abductor(s) — a single missed call logged on his grandfather's mobile phone.
"This, along with the verification of certain details from the victim's family and friends led us to Mahesh and his juvenile brother who were detained for questioning where they broke down and admitted to having executed the entire plot," said Ojha.
According to police, Mahesh, his brother and another one of their juvenile associates had called their victim to the adjacent Ganda Nala area to settle a 'personal score' and extort money from his family. As soon as he had met them, the trio throttled him to death before battering his face.