Two teens abducted a two-year-old boy of their neighbour, strangled him to death, put the body in a gunny sack and threw it in the Hindon river. All to manage finances for buying a second hand car.
Pradeep Kumar, 19, and his 16-year-old friend — both residents of Ghaziabad — had planned to buy a used Indica car and needed Rs 1 lakh for it. They devised a plan to abduct and kill Pradeep's neighbour's son to extort money from his father.
On July 23, when the kid's parents were away and he was playing outside, the duo lured the boy into Pradeep's house and strangled him, police said.
The police on Monday arrested Pradeep and apprehended his minor accomplice.
After the boy died, the two teenagers put his body in a gunny sack and threw it in the Hindon river.
The boy's father had registered a missing persons' complaint with the police on July 23 evening. The police had launched a drive to locate the boy but nothing could come of it.
On August 7, the victim's father received a call asking him about his son but it got disconnected abruptly. He immediately informed the police about the phone call.
The call had been made by Pradeep to demand extortion money but he chickened out. The police swung into action and traced the call to a number registered in the name of a relative of Pradeep's. The police then put the number on surveillance and ultimately nabbed Pradeep and then apprehended his minor friend.
Both of them broke down on sustained questioning and confessed to the murder of the boy and told the police how they disposed of the body. Pradeep said he passed class 12 examinations while the other accused minor is a class 11 student at a public school in Vijay Nagar.
"We had planned the abduction 2-3 days prior to the incident. I wanted to purchase an Indica car from a Noida-based call center for R1 lakh. We lured the boy inside our house and soon strangled him. Then, we got frightened and decided to dump his body," Kumar told police on Monday.
Police pressed several divers into service to search for the body of the boy but managed to recover only his slippers and clothes.
"They had planned to extort money from the victim's father. We have booked them for abduction and once the body is recovered, we will book them under sections of murder too," superintendent of police Shiv Shanker Yadav told Hindustan Times.