Teenager among 5 arrested for kidnapping, killing two friends
A teenager was among five persons arrested for allegedly kidnapping for ransom and killing his two friends, including an engineering student, police said.delhi Updated: Oct 27, 2010 21:18 IST
A teenager was among five persons arrested for allegedly kidnapping for ransom and killing his two friends, including an engineering student, police said.
The victims-- Yash (14) and Nikesh (17), an engineering student-- were kidnapped and murdered during the past two months by the gang which allegedly demanded Rs one crore and Rs 50 lakh for their release. While the body of Nikesh was recovered, police is yet to locate the body of Yash.
The arrested have been identified as the victims 'friend' Rahul Gupta (19), Hari Singh (44), Usman Khan (22), Radhey Shyam (32) and Dinesh Kumar (27), Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said.
The gang was also allegedly plotting to kidnap another boy. "Rahul had chosen one more boy as his next target whose parents are stated to be teachers. This information is being verified," he said.
Yash, who resided in Vikaspuri, was kidnapped on September nine and his father received a ransom call a week later. He did not return from his school in Dwarka, a senior police official said Subsequently, the family of the victim received calls from different places of western UP like Kashi Ram Nagar, Badaun, Bareilly and Pilibhit, asking them to pay a ransom of Rs one crore.
Nikesh also went missing from Vikaspuri and his father received a ransom call for Rs 50 lakh. "Since both the victims were resident of the same area, both the cases were transferred to the Crime Branch.
Meanwhile, Nikesh's father struck a deal with kidnappers and agreed to pay Rs 2.5 lakh for the release of his son," the official said. On October nine, Nikesh's father paid Rs 2.5 lakh to the kidnappers at Bareilly Railway Station but his son was not released.
"On the other hand, Yash's father was insisting that the kidnappers should provide some evidence that his son was safe.
But the kidnappers were not giving any satisfactory reply to his queries casting a doubt about wellbeing of Yash," the official said.
During investigations, he said, it came to light that Hari Singh of Badaun and his associates could be involved in these kidnappings.