Police have detained two juveniles who allegedly kidnapped a 9-year-old boy from South West Delhi’s Dwarka to demand Rs 20 lakh ransom, but slit the child’s throat when he started crying.
The two suspects are cousins, said sources. They were apparently inspired by a television show on crime and hatched the conspiracy to kidnap the child to make quick money, added the sources.
Joint Commissioner of Police (south-western range) Dependra Pathak confirmed the detention of the two suspects. One of them is 17 years old and the other 16.
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One of them was detained a few hours after the kidnapping on February 28. The child’s father approached the police, following which a case was registered.
“The duo kidnapped Lalit, a Class III student, from Dwarka Sector-23. His father runs a hardware shop and has given out shops and cars on rent,” said Pathak.
According to Pathak, while recording the statements of locals, police came to know that the child was last seen with a youngster known to the family. The child used to call this youngster chacha (uncle), said Pathak.
Police started questioning this juvenile ‘uncle’. “Initially, he tried to mislead investigators, but broke down later and admitted to the crime. He told the police he and his cousin kidnapped the child by promising him chocolate and took him to an under construction building in Pochanpur village,” said a police officer.
“They were under in an inebriated condition and on their way, child started crying. They got scared and slit his throat with a sharp-edged weapon. They dumped his body in the building. The child’s body has been recovered,” added the officer.
The suspects decided to make the ransom call even after killing the child, but they were detained before they could do it, said the officer.
Cops get lead from child’s elder sister
Looking for Lalit, police got a crucial lead in the case from his elder sister, who is 15. She was playing with her brother in a park near their house when one of the juvenile suspects, the ‘uncle’, led him away, said sources.
“The child’s sister thoroughly assisted investigators and told them the suspect had lured him on the pretext of getting him chocolates from a nearby market,” said a source.
“The juveniles had planned the operation earlier this month, inspired by a crime show on television. One of them said he was in need of money and committed the crime after he came to know that the child’s father had made big money recently,” added the source.