When cricket buddy turned killer
Not very long ago, Jeevak Nagpal (20) used to play cricket with his neighbour, 12 year-old Manan Mahajan. But on Wednesday night, Nagpal, an aspiring chartered accountant kidnapped and killed Manan in the Outer Delhi area. HT Correspondent reports.delhi Updated: Mar 20, 2009 02:25 IST
Not very long ago, Jeevak Nagpal (20) used to play cricket with his neighbour, 12 year-old Manan Mahajan. But on Wednesday night, Nagpal, an aspiring chartered accountant kidnapped and killed Manan in the Outer Delhi area.
The accused kidnapped Manan on Wednesday evening when the deceased had gone out to buy pens from a nearby shop.
A bright student, Manan was excited about an upcoming school function in which he was to be felicitated.
“He wanted to take me along to the function,” said ML Mahajan, Manan's grandfather.
Father did not check ransom messages for 3 hours
Manan's father Rajesh Mahajan, in Chandigarh at the time of the incident, unfortunately did not check his phone and the ransom messages that Nagpal reportedly sent.
“Nagpal sent the first ransom SMS at 7.17 pm. It read: 30 lakh, 25 minute mein de do phir batayenge. (Give Rs 30 lakh in 25 minutes, will tell you the rest later.) “He sent nine more messages subsequently,” said a senior police officer.
Manan called him bhaiyya
“He (Nagpal) lived close to our house and we never suspected anything. My grandson used to call him bhaiyya. They often played cricket together," said the grandfather.
Financial troubles pushed Nagpal over the edge
Nagpal confessed to the police his father’s a leather export business to Russia was suffering huge losses. “I had taken a loan of Rs 1.5 lakh. Debtors were hounding me for repayment and I wanted to help my father,” said Nagpal. What went wrong
After not getting any response to his text messages, Nagpal became agitated. Manan's resistance aggravated his anger and he strangled him to death in a fit of rage. He then dumped his body.
How was Nagpal nabbed
When Manan's father saw the messages at 10.30 pm on Wednesday, he informed his brother in Delhi who contacted the police. Electronic surveillance was mounted and the SIM was traced to a fake address. The mobile location however showed the messages were being sent from C5 Block where Manan and Nagpal lived. “By Thursday morning, the picture became clear and we arrested Nagpal. We even recovered the two SIM cards and the mobile used in the crime,” said Atul Katiyar, DCP (outer).
First Published: Mar 20, 2009 02:21 IST