Two men who had kidnapped a child for ransom killed the 7-year-old by throwing him into the Yamuna river when they feared that he would raise an alarm.
The two men Vikas and Arya, both residents of Karawal Nagar in north east Delhi were arrested Saturday morning after the father of the child informed police about receiving a ransom call. The two accused are employed and did odd jobs.
Police said that on the afternoon of February 20, when the child was playing outside his house, one of the kidnappers Arya, a neighbour lured the child away with the promise of chocolates and a ten-rupee note. Arya confessed that after kidnapping the child, he contacted his associate Vikas. The two then took the child to a room they had taken on rent in Mori Gate.
Explaining why the two killed the child an officer said that the boy had started crying and asked them to take him home. “They confessed that the child was crying incessantly. They managed to get the child to sleep but the following morning they took him to the Old Yamuna Bridge in ISBT promising to show him fish in the river. At the bridge, they pushed the child into the river and returned home,” said an officer.
The kidnappers then made a ransom call to the boy’s father who works at a pharmacy. The two demanded a ransom of Rs 2 Lakh for the child’s safe return and instructed the boy’s father to keep the money in an open field near their home. “Our team was alert and we had laid a trap. We did not know then that they had already murdered the kid. They did not come to the open fields but we managed to arrest them using technical surveillance,” the officer said.
During interrogation, Vikash and Arya confessed that since the boy lived in a joint family, they thought paying a ransom of Rs 2 Lakh would not be difficult for the family. Vikas reportedly confessed that they had not anticipated that kidnapping a 7-year-old would be a problem.
On Sunday afternoon, more than 24 hours after police launched a search, the child’s body was recovered from the river bank near Geeta Colony. Police said at least five motorboats were used to find the child’s body.
“Finding the body was important evidence to nail these men. Without a body, the case would have been weak. We will build a strong case and ensure that justice is done,” the officer said.