It was just like in the movies. Except, this story doesn't have a happy ending.
Two teenaged boys on Thursday kidnapped a seven-year-old boy who was playing with his friends outside his house. Luring him with the promise of sweets, they took him to a nearby lodge and when he started to cry, strangled him and stashed him inside a plastic bag.
They then called his businessman father to demand Rs 50 lakh in ransom.
On Saturday, three days after he was taken, Satyam's decomposed body was found in the lodge.
The two teens — Avinash alias Sonu and Khursheed alias Monu — have been arrested and during interrogation, confessed to the crime. They told the police they thought of the abduction two months ago while watching Apharan, a film by Prakash Jha about the business of abductions in Bihar. They said they were so impressed, they copied the entire bit about the abduction of a young boy.
“Avinash was known to the boy's family, so Satyam went with him,” Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Mallar Vizhi said.
Avinash, a Class IX student, had according to the plan taken a room on rent at the lodge. When he took Satyam there, the boy started crying. Expecting trouble, Avinash strangled him. He then called his friend Khursheed. The two made the ransom call to Satyam's businessman father Rajesh Kumar from an STD booth in a different locality.
“They planned to dispose of the body on Friday night but were caught by the police,” the SSP said, adding that the police recovered Satyam's body on the basis of their statement.
The police have also detained Avinash's father Mallu for interrogation.
Angry residents of the locality where the family live took to the streets, blocking the main road and setting fire to Mallu’s department store. As they demanded the removal of station house officer of the area’s police station Giridhar Pandey for negligence, Vizhi recommended his suspension.