Shankar Kumar, a 22-year-old management student, felt that he must have enough money to enjoy life. He decided that the softest target was his father, Vinod Pandit. So, he hatched a plan and roped in two of his friends. They staged his kidnapping and demanded Rs 15 lakh from his father.
But the deal went sour, and Shankar was killed in the end by his friends on September 13, the very next day he had been ‘kidnapped’. The reason? The two friends, Shivam and Sanjit, didn’t want to share the loot with him.
Shivam and Sanjit used to live near Shankar’s residence in the Sultanganj police station area of Patna City subdivision. Shankar told them that he belonged to an affluent family and although his father, who was a cashier in a Nepal-based company, would ultimately pay at least Rs 5 lakh. And he wanted half the amount for himself.
But, the friends had other ideas. Shivam called one of his friends, Irshad, from Motihari to help him eliminate Shankar. They went to Motihari together, taking unsuspecting Shankar with them.
By then Shankar had lost all relevance to his friends, since he had given them his father’s mobile phone number. They consumed liquor at a shop in Raxaul before killing Shankar by pushing him into the Sikrahana river, said deputy superintendent of police, Patna City, S.P. Choudhary.
Choudhary said Shivam and Irshad took Shankar to the Sikartana bridge and pushed him into the river. His body was swept away and could not be traced. Then, Shivam, Sanjit and Irshad demanded Rs 15 lakh from Vinod Pandit. But they were quickly arrested.