A tutor and three others were arrested on Saturday for the alleged kidnapping and murder of a 12-year-old boy whose body was found in a ditch at Sarai Inayat in Allahabad district on March 22. Police, however, dispelled rumours that the suspect had links to the Islamic State (IS).
The boy, Ravi, was allegedly abducted by his tutor – Iraf alias Guddu – for ransom, but was murdered when his family lodged an FIR, police said.
Mohammad Mehmood, Mohammad Salman and Mohammad Irfan were arrested as Iraf’s alleged accomplices. The accused had allegedly demanded Rs 15 lakh as ransom but after the victim’s father approached police, the culprits strangled the boy to death.
Hardcore criminal Abdul Malik, suspected to be the mastermind of the crime, is still at large, police said.
Superintendent of police (Trans-Ganga) Rajesh Srivastava said Iraf confessed to the crime. According to him, the accused lured Ravi on the pretext of buying him a bicycle and then abducted him with the help of a relative. However, when Ravi’s father Babbu Pal lodged an FIR against the duo, they allegedly murdered the boy and threw his body into a ditch.
Srivastava dismissed rumours that Iraf was recruiting youngsters for the Islamic State.
Ravi, a Class 3 student from Kaserua Khurd village in Jhunsi, had left home for tuition classes on the evening of March 19. When he failed to return, his family members lodged an FIR against Iraf. Later, on March 22, villagers found Ravi’s body lying in a ditch in Chandauha village in the Sarai Inayat area.