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2 held for kidnap, murder of 17-yr-old

delhi Updated: May 23, 2009 23:47 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
2 held for kidnap

The idea of getting Class XII Board question papers before the exams got Chirag Khandelwal (17) killed last August.

Almost a year later, his alleged killers have been nabbed.

The Delhi Police Special Cell zeroed in on the killers of the DAV Public School (Shalimar Bagh) student by tracking the cell phone that Chirag was carrying when he was abducted.

The phone was tracked down. It led the police to a man who claimed he’d bought the phone from a shopkeeper.

When the shopowner was questioned, he said he’d bought it from a man who had used a phone in his store to make a call.

The police, then, set about searching for a lead from the list of calls made from the shop.

They got their lead. And the men who they think are Chirag’s killers.

The two accused — Gaurav (27) from Shakarpur and Mahender Giri (27) from Nangloi — have been arrested.

Gaurav is a fourth year engineering student at the Aeronautical Society of India.

The duo had reportedly kidnapped Chirag on August 17 and killed him the next day.

After 12 months, the skull of the deceased was recovered from a drain in East Punjabi Bagh after the arrests were made.

During interrogation Gaurav told the police he was a private tutor. Gaurav had met Chirag in December 2007 at the residence of Chirag’s friend.

To execute their plan Giri posed as a student and befriended him.

“Giri left the coaching centre shortly. He later told Chirag that he could arrange for board exam papers,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Alok Kumar.

On August 17, Giri called Chirag alone at Parewala Mandir, Keshav Puram. From there he took him to Shakarpur. The next day, Chirag was killed.