The five-year-old son of a scientist couple working at the Armament Research and Development Establishment was allegedly kidnapped and murdered by a student, police said on Tuesday. The accused wanted to purchase a motorcycle with the ransom, they added.
Two youths - one of them a minor - have been remanded in police custody in connection with the crime. While Parvinder Swaran, 19, is pursuing a course in hotel management, the other is a Class 10 student.
DCP Shahaji Umap said Parvinder, who wanted Rs. 1 lakh to purchase a motorbike, invited Shubh along for the Ganeshotsav. The boy's parents Bhupender and Sukeshani were busy.
On Sunday evening, Parvinder approached Shubh while he was playing near the Ganesh pandal and asked if he would like to come with him.
The boy agreed, and after they had reached the hill in Pashan, Parvinder messaged his accomplice - asking for Bhupender's phone number. The minor, however, refused to comply.
It was then that Shubh started screaming, and threatened to disclose Parvinder's name to his father. Alarmed, Parvinder tried to strangle Shubh and dumped his body in a water tank.
Meanwhile, the minor had informed the law about Parvinder's plan to kidnap Shubh. So, when the accused returned home after committing the crime, he found the police waiting for him.
Parvinder confessed to the crime, and based on information given by him, the police rushed to Shubh's rescue. Though the boy was still unconscious when he was taken out, he died en route to the hospital.