A ten-year-old boy, who was kidnapped from Kalyan on Wednesday afternoon, was killed, even before his father and garment dealer paid the Rs15 lakh ransom. His body was found in a river at Murbad on Thursday morning.
The police have arrested the three accused — Rajendra More, 24, Vijay Dubey, 19, and Dashrath Kuswaah, 22.
A friend of Nayan Jain, a Class 5 student of Sacred Heart School in Kalyan (West), got off the school bus along with him near his residence at Gajanan Tower, Gandhi Chowk. While Nayan was heading home, two bike-borne men told him his father wanted to meet him and took him along on their bike. Nayan’s friend told his mother, who had reached the building gate by then, that Nayan had gone with the duo on the bike.
Santosh Jain, Nayan’s father, got a call from an unknown number in the evening, demanding Rs15 lakh as ransom. Jain got in touch with the police, who then formed 150 teams to trace Nayan.
On Wednesday night, Jain again received a call from the kidnapper, who asked him to throw the bag containing the money between Ambivli and Titwala railway station. “We had kept our teams ready at the spot where Jain was to drop the bag full of money. Jain threw the bag from a local train around 8.30am. We saw two people heading towards it and caught them. One of them, More, worked for Jain eight years ago. They also gave us leads on their accomplice, who was arrested from Gandhi Chowk in Kalyan,” said Sanjay Jadhav, deputy commissioner of police, zone 3, Kalyan.
The trio told the police Nayan’s body was thrown in the river on Wednesday night.
“The accused first took Nayan to Wangni, where he was given sleeping pills. The accused were scared that they would get caught and so planned to kill the boy for their safety,” said Jadhav.