Pune tenant kidnaps, kills landlord’s 4-year-old daughter
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Pune tenant kidnaps, kills landlord’s 4-year-old daughter

The duo kidnapped the girl but were unable to make the ransom demand

pune Updated: Jul 07, 2017 12:49 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
Tanushka (4) was allegedly kidnapped on June 28 by Jamnik and Sathle while she was playing near her house. (HT Photo)

A four-year-old girl from Dighi was kidnapped and killed by two men who were known to her and her parents.

The two men, identified as Shubham Vinayakrao Jamnik (21) and Prateek alias Golu Arun Sathle (23), were arrested on Monday for allegedly kidnapping and killing the four-year-old girl identified as Tanushka Amol Arude, the police said on Tuesday.

Tanushka was allegedly kidnapped on June 28 by Jamnik and Sathle while she was playing near her house.

Jamnik and Sathle together had hatched a plan to demand a ransom of ₹5 lakh from Amol Arude, according to the police, and they planned to kill her in any case.

However, they did not even contact Arude to make the demand, the police said.

The child’s father, who is the complainant in the case, identified as Amol Nanasaheb Arude, owns a general store in the area. The family lives in the Sai Nagar region of Vadmukhwadi, according to a statement in the case released by the police.

“The two men are cousins and have known the family for a few years. One of them, Jamnik, lived in the same building as the family which is owned by the deceased girl’s father, on rent. The other often visited him,” said Senior Police Inspector Khaire of Dighi police station.

The parents of the child, unsuspecting of the men, approached the Dighi police to file a missing person’s report.

“The men choked her to death with a pillow in the same building on the day they kidnapped her,” added Senior PI Khaire.

While Sathle stayed back, Jamnik took the body to Repatkhed village of Murtijapur taluka of Akola district, according to his statement to the police.

The child’s body was partially burnt and buried near the railway track 3 km away from where he was arrested, said Assistant Police Inspector Nitin Patil of Repatkhed police.

He also said that one of the two men worked as drivers with a travel agency.

While Sathle has been remanded to police custody till July 11, Jamnik has been granted transit custody for a day, according to Assistant Commissioner of Police Vasant G Tambe of the Khadki division.

First Published: Jul 05, 2017 14:50 IST