The Dombivli police said personal enmity is a likely reason in the kidnap and murder of 14-year-old Yash Shah whose body was found on Saturday, two days after his father Anil filed a kidnap complaint.
Inspector Ramnath Shinde of Ramnagar police station said: “From the family background, it seems that it is not only a case of ransom, but lies in some deep-rooted enmity over business, property or personal issue, which resulted in the brutal murder of the boy.”
The police’s suspicions rise from the fact that the kidnapper demanded Rs 20 lakh as ransom from Anil, a tailor, who is also disabled.
Shinde added: “It seems that kidnapper knows the family as well as the boy, because whenever the kidnapper called Anil, he would identify the people who were with Anil.”
Shinde further said: “Anil and his relatives did not followed the kidnapper’s instructions properly. He had warned Anil not to bring anyone with him, but his over enthusiastic relatives approached him every 15-20 minutes.”
The kidnapper would not show up and would identify the people who had approached Anil in the next call.
The last of the 18 calls made by the kidnapper was at 12.40 pm on Friday. After which Anil’s cellphone's battery died.
On Saturday morning, Yash’s body was found in Badlapur.
The police are questioning owners of the PCO booths from the kidnapper made the phone calls as well as people who either called before or after the kidnapper.
The local Gujarati community as well as political parties had threatened to stage protests. They called it off after the police promised to solve the case in 10 days.
Girish Vadel, Yash’s relative and BJP activist said: “The police had not taken the case seriously from the beginning. It gave time to the kidnapper/s who planned everything.”
“The kidnapper made 18 calls in two days and everytime the family informed the police. But the police failed to nab the kidnapper,” Vadel added.
He said: “This is not the first time the Dombivli police failed miserably in its duty.”