Tension prevails in Nalanda district after the body of 14-year-old Ritik Raj, a class 8 student of a private school, was recovered from near a community hall under Hulasganj police station of neighbouring Jehanabad district on Wednesday morning.
Raj, son of a rice mill owner, Niranjan Sahu of Ekangarsarai in Nalanda district, was kidnapped on Monday and the kidnappers had demanded Rs 50 lakh for his safe release.
As soon as the news of recovery of Raj’s body spread, people gathered on the streets of Nalanda town and started brickbating to vent their ire against the police.
Police sources said Raj’s body, with both hands and legs tied with rope, was recovered from Jehanabad district on Wednesday morning. The recovery was made on the basis of clues provided by four people detained on Tuesday night.
The main suspect of kidnapping, Dipu alias Ashish Kumar of Milkipur area, was also arrested. Family members of Raj suspected that Ashish could be one of the suspects. Police detained Ashish and kept him at Ekangarsarai police station. However, he managed to escape from police custody around 2 am on Tuesday.
Raj was last sighted by a fellow student Ashish when both went out to play cricket. Despite frantic attempts by his parents, he could not be traced. Raj’s family checked with his friends and their parents, but in vain.
According to a family member, the boy’s father received the first ransom call on Monday.