In a shocking incident, three Class 10 students kidnapped a nine-year-old boy named Harsh, demanded Rs. 5 lakh ransom from his father and slit his throat after fear of being caught gripped them, in Ayodhya on Wednesday.
The kidnappers then fled from the crime scene leaving Harsh as dead. However, cops managed to rescue the boy and admitted him in hospital, where he is in a serious condition. Later the kidnappers were arrested and sent to juvenile home.
SSP Faizabad KB Singh on Thursday said Harsh, son of Rangnath Achari, a priest in Ayodhya, left his house on Wednesday evening to visit a friend. On the way he met the three boys, aged between 14 and 15, and they offered to drop him at his friend’s house on their cycles.
But the trio took Harsh to Kanshi Ram colony and locked him up in a house located in a desolate area. When the boy resisted they tied his hands and legs, besides threatening to kill him if he made noise.
Later one of the kidnappers rang up Achari and demanded Rs. 5 lakh ransom for the release of Harsh and told him the spot where the money was to be brought.
Achari immediately informed the police who set up a trap for the kidnappers near the spot where the money was to be handed over to them. However, they did not turn up. The cops had, meanwhile, put the mobile phones of the kidnappers under surveillance and traced the locality from where the call was made to Achari.
By now the boys had began to panic and out of fear of getting caught they slit Harsh’s throat with a blade. As Harsh fell unconscious due to excessive bleeding, they fled from the spot.
On Thursday the police traced the house and recovered Harsh. Later the cops also managed to arrest all the three kidnappers. The trio told police that they needed money to purchase motorcycles, expensive mobile sets and liquor etc. “Though the boys are teenagers, they had planned the kidnapping like professional criminals,” the SSP said.