The police have identified the person who gave the two accused in the kidnap and murder of Khar resident Mukim Khan (17) their motive for the crime.
The third person — the police refused to take a name or give other information at this stage — offered to sell “leaked” HSC examination papers to Aamir Siddique Shaikh (19) and Sarfaraz Shaikh (19), said the police.
It was to pay for the question papers that the accused allegedly planned the kidnap for ransom of their Rizvi college friend.
“Although the third person is not involved in the murder directly, he demanded the money that led the boys to commit the crime,” Assistant Commissioner of Police Kisan Shengal said. “We are yet to trace and question him.”
Khan was kidnapped on Friday and his body found in a nullah in Kalina on Monday.
The HSC student had left home on the morning of Friday, telling his parents he wanted to collect some study material from Aamir.
The police said that according to the confession, Khan had been lured out of his home by the accused with the promise of leaked question papers.
“The boys had decided they would kidnap Mukim since he was the richest among them and kill him,” Shengal said. “They decided they would then call his parents for ransom and make a second call later to tell them where to deliver it.”
The officer said after the first call, the accused decided to go back home and see if anyone suspected them yet.
“The police called Aamir for questioning before the duo could plan to meet again and make the second call,” Shengal said. After Aamir, Sarfaraz was called for questioning.
The police said Sarfaraz returned home and his parents asked him why the police were questioning him and he broke down and confessed everything.
The police said Sarfaraz’s parents took him to the police, who searched his Marol residence and found a piece of paper on which he and Aamir had scribbled the kidnap plan and the script of the ransom call in Hindi.