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Ghaziabad man cleared of involvement in 12-year-old son’s kidnap, murder

The Ghaziabad police officials probing the kidnap and murder of a 12-year-old boy from DLF Ankur Vihar have ruled out the involvement of the victim’s father in the incident.The police on Sunday arrested their neighbour, who claimed that the entire plan was hatched by the boy’s father, Sanjay, for getting money from his father, the boy’s grandfather.

cities Updated: Feb 27, 2017 22:06 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Gayatri Devi, the boy’s grandmother, said that they had arranged for ₹3 lakh to pay the accused but the boy was murdered.
Gayatri Devi, the boy’s grandmother, said that they had arranged for ₹3 lakh to pay the accused but the boy was murdered.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The Ghaziabad police officials probing the kidnap and murder of a 12-year-old boy from DLF Ankur Vihar have ruled out the involvement of the victim’s father in the incident.

The police on Sunday arrested their neighbour, who claimed that the entire plan was hatched by the boy’s father, Sanjay, for getting money from his father, the boy’s grandfather.

The accused, Bablu Tripathi, from Auraiya district in UP, runs a local business of data cards and mobile phones. He allegedly took the child to Soniya Vihar near the Delhi-Ghaziabad border in the night following the kidnap, and allegedly murdered him and dumped the body in a pit. The boy studied in class 6 in a Loni school. His body was recovered on Tripathi’s instance on Sunday morning.

The police said that the child was strangled, his throat slashed with a glass object and his head battered with a heavy piece of stone. However, after his arrest, Tripathi alleged that the boy’s father was behind the incident.

“We took the boy’s father for detailed questioning and even checked out electronic surveillance records and communication records between him and the accused. However, we could not find any involvement as claimed by the accused. He used several SIM cards to make ransom calls. It seems that the accused was giving false statements,” Srikant Prajapati, circle officer (Loni), said.

The police also questioned Sanjay about a tiff with his father over buying a new car for commercial operations, after the boy’s grandfather, who used to work as a loco driver, received his retirement benefits, around Rs10lakh.

Sanjay’s family said that he did not return home from the police station till Monday evening as the police told them that formalities had to be completed before he was let off.

“The accused gave false statements to the police just to save himself. Tripathi probably got the news about the retirement amount from the boy, who had told several neighbours about his grandfather receiving a big amount. So, Tripathi planned the kidnap for laying his hands on the money. We arranged for Rs3 lakh in a bag but my grandson was dead by then. My son (Sanjay) has been unjustly framed,” Gayatri Devi, the boy’s grandmother, said.

Pratham’s grandfather, Devidas Patel, retired as a loco driver from the railways on January 31. He has said he received several calls from the kidnapper, demanding Rs10 lakh ransom. In one such call, the kidnapper negotiated a lower amount, of Rs5 lakh and finally agreed to Rs3 lakh.

“My grandson was murdered on the same night, despite the kidnapper making several calls. However, we were hopeful of seeing him alive. My son had, in fact, asked for money from his father to buy a car for starting a taxi business as he is presently unemployed,” Devi said.