He expressed his anger and shock with practiced ease and offered support to the family, which needed it badly. But they were in for a rude shock on Thursday when they got to know that the same man had murdered their son.
Noida police have arrested Vivek Patel and his accomplices Saurabh Punjabi and Vishal Sachdeva for kidnapping and killing Rohit Singh (23). They have also recovered the car in which they kidnapped the victim from his paying guest accommodation in Noida's Sector 41 on March 20.
The police found Rohit’s body from a canal between Aligarh and Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh. All the accused in the age group of 24-25.
Police said Patel, who is also a close friend of the victim’s elder brother Anurag, was the mastermind. The accused had demanded a ransom of Rs 1 crore from the victim’s family.
Noida Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) A.K. Singh said, “The victim knew Vivek and Saurabh, as they were his elder brother's friends.”
“These two were the victim’s neighbours in Aligarh and had good relations with his family.”
The three accused were produced before the media at the Sector 39 police station in Noida on Thursday evening.
Police said the accused confessed that after kidnapping Rohit, they took him to a rented flat in Panipat. They had hired the flat since October last year and used to visit it often.
The SSP said, “Vivek remained with the family and kept watch over the developments. On the morning of March 21, we traced Rohit’s mobile phone to Panipat. When the police informed his parents, Vivek also got to know about it.”
Since then, the SSP said, Vivek was not seen till his arrest on Thursday. The police had also traced the kidnappers' location to Panipat.
“When Vivek realised that the police were caching up, he killed Rohit and disposed off his body in the canal between March 22 and 23,” he said.
The Police said the kidnappers had planned to kill Rohit after getting the ransom money.
“They put Rohit’s body in a Santro car belonging to one of Vishal's friends. Till Bulandshahr they brought the body in this car and from there they got a taxi from Aligarh to take the body to the canal,” the SSP said. The police are now looking for the Santro and the taxi.
The third accused in the case, Vishal, told the police that he had been unemployed for the last five-six months and joined them to make money.
Unlike Vivek, whose grandfather was an MLA from Firozabad, and Saurabh, Vishal did not know the victim or his family.