Two Gwalior college students were arrested after they allegedly abducted and killed an 11-year-old boy for ransom to fund their civil services aspirations.
Bhind district police sources said Prashant Jatav and Ravi Sharma, both 21, plotted the abduction of Jatav’s cousin Karthik after picking up cues from a popular television docudrama.
The duo sought Rs 5 lakh in ransom, which they said was to fund their preparation for the entrance examination to the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) in Delhi, Naveen Bhasin, the district senior superintendent of police, said.
"Prashant was detained on basis of suspicion on July 20. When he was grilled, he confessed to having kidnapped and killing the boy. Today (Sunday), his accomplice Ravi Sharma, who was on the run, was arrested from Akoda village,” Bhasin told Hindustan Times.
The police had withheld information about progress in the investigation while it hunted Sharma.
Both accused are final-year Bachelor of Arts students at MLB College in Gwalior.
An official who interrogated the accused told Hindustan Times that to the duo was inspired by Crime Patrol, a docudrama that recounts crimes of unusual nature or modus operandi.
“After kidnapping the boy on July 19, the duo sent an SMS to Prashant’s uncle, Bhagwan Jatav demanding a ransom of Rs 5 lakh. The duo warned Bhagwan Jatav of dire consequences if he approached the police”, the official said, wishing not to be identified since he was not permitted to speak to the media.
Bhagwan Jatav, however approached the Umari police and lodged a complaint.
“When the duo came to know about the police complaint, they strangulated the boy and dumped his body into a well situated about 2km from the village.
"They had sought financial support from their respective families but since they are not well off, they were turned down.
“This annoyed the duo so much that they decided to generate money themselves and become IAS officers to prove to their respective families that they could do it without their support,” he said.