Six-year-old kidnapped, killed in Madhya Pradesh
A missing six-year-old boy, whose parents received a ransom call seeking Rs 2 lakh for their son’s safe return, was found dead on Wednesday near a village drain in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna district, police said, adding that two people including the boy’s uncle have been arrested.
The incident comes a month after the kidnapping and killing of the five-year-old twin sons of a businessman in the same region. In the past five days, a total of five children have been reported missing in the Satna district bordering Uttar Pradesh. DIG Satna range Avinash Sharma said the police have arrested the victim’s uncle and a 16-year-old boy, also a relative, for the crime.
“The uncle has confessed. Prima facie, a family feud appears to be the reason behind the murder. He asked for ransom perhaps to divert police attention or maybe he wanted to pocket the money. The minor who is in custody provided him the SIM card with which the ransom call of~ 2 lakh was made and he was well aware of the conspiracy, ” DIG Sharma added.
According to him, the boy was lured to the uncle’s house and strangled. Police said the boy, who has two older sisters, was playing with his friends in the afternoon but did not return home. After a search, they approached the police. SP Santosh Singh Gaur said the moment the ransom call was received, police intensified their search.
“Prima facie, it appears the boy had been strangled to death, though we are waiting for the post mortem report,” he added. BJP spokesperson Rajneesh Agrawal said the spate of kidnappings reflect the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.