A city-based industrialist’s 14-year-old son, who was kidnapped from here on Monday, was found dead at Fatehabad village of Goindwal Sahib in Tarn Taran district on Wednesday afternoon.
The body of Jaskirat, son of Narinder Singh, who owns a metal factory in the city, was found partly decomposed in a plastic gunny bag in the fields, indicating that he might have been murdered on the day of his kidnapping.
As there were no marks of sharp-edged weapon on the body, the police suspect that the kidnappers might have strangulated him.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Kapurthala police got a call from Goindwal Sahib cops about the body. A team headed by senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rajinder Singh went to Tarn Taran and brought the body back.
As the news of the boy’s murder broke out, a pall of gloom descended in the city. There was evident anger against the police and residents blamed them for being lax in probing the case.
They said the family was ready to give the ransom to the kidnappers the same day, but the police reportedly intervened and assured them that they would get the child back safely and there was no need to pay any money.
Police officials said they thought that the kidnappers would make another ransom call but it did not happen.
“The police had not even formed a special team to trace the boy. They did not even seek help from police from other districts,” sources in the police department said.
The victim’s grandfather Baldev Singh said Jaskirat had gone to attend tuition classes on his Activa scooter on Monday evening at 4.45pm, but did not return home.
“When the boy did not turn up even after the sunset, we started searching for him and approached the police. After a while, we received a phone call from the kidnapper who demanded Rs 30 lakh ransom,” said Singh.
When contacted, the SSP said the police have taken a migrant Sham Lal in custody as the SIM used for ransom call was registered in his name.
“We were working on several angles,” he said, adding that the accused would be behind the bars soon.
Inspector general of police (IGP) Lok Nath Angra denied that the police were waiting for the second ransom call.