Two-year-old Roshni, who was kidnapped by three bike-borne youths from a stroller outside her house in Khothra village near Behram of SBS Nagar (Nawanshahr) district on Friday evening, was found murdered in Nadalo village near Kot Fatuhi of Hoshiarpur district on Sunday morning.
The police said, “Kidnappers who are in their twenties, had demanded a ransom of Rs 50 lakh from the family after killing the girl.”
This ransom call gave a major lead to the cops as they apprehended the kidnappers after tracing their call. The accused had procured a SIM card from a friend for the call. As per information, the accused had information regarding the family’s contact number as two of them are from Khothra village.
The accused have been identified as Goyal Kumar, Harman Kumar of the same village and a minor, who belongs to Todarpur village in Hoshiarpur.
They have been booked under Sections 364-A (kidnapping for ransom), 302 (murder), 201(causing disappearance of evidence of offence), 34 (acts done by several persons with same intention) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code. The accused, after kidnapping the baby were not able to keep her quiet as the baby kept on crying. Due to the fear of getting caught, the accused killed her. The kidnappers strangulated her to death and dumped the body in the fields.
On Saturday, the accused again came to the spot and tried to burn the body to hide the identity of the girl. But the body was not completely burnt. On Sunday morning, the cops took the accused to the spot and recovered the body in the presence of Garhshankar tehsildar Bhupinder Singh.
Later, the police sent the body to Banga civil hospital. Senior superintendent of police
(SSP) Naveen Singla said the accused will be taken on remand and others who are found guilty will be nabbed as soon as possible.
Roshini was abducted by three accused when her grandfather Ram Daresh Singh was taking her in stroller outside his house in Khothra village. Her father Ranjan had come from Abu Dhabi a few weeks ago. The marriage ceremony of Roshni’s uncle was due on November 16.