19-yr-old hotel management student held,15-yr-old schoolboy detained; wanted to make quick money,say cops
A five-year-old boy son of a scientist couple working at the DRDO labs in Pashan was allegedly abducted and later found murdered on Sunday night. Police have arrested a 19-year-old hotel management student and detained a 15-year-old school boy who hatched the plan for what police described as quick money.
Deceased Shubh Rawals father Bhupender Rawal is a scientist at the DRDOs Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) while mother Sukeshini works at the High Energy Material Research Laboratory (HEMRL).
Chatushrungi police said Shubh was last seen playing at a Ganesh pandal near his house in Ramnagar ARDE quarters around 9 pm.
They have arrested Parmindar Singh (19),student of a private hotel management institute,and detained his friend who is a 15-year-old SSC student at an Army Public School. Police said their fathers are former defence personnel presently attached to the Defence Security Corps (DSC),which looks after the security of the these research institutes. Shubh studied in a nursery school in Panchawati.
Police said Sukeshini returned home around 8.30 pm after a puja at a nearby Ganesh pandal and realised that Shubh was not home.
Bhupender said: Since he was seen playing at the pandal,we started a search for him and then registered a missing persons complaint with the police. S M Borse,another ARDE staffer whose son is Shubhs friend,said: His mother (Sukeshini) went to many houses in the locality to search for Shubh.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone III) Shahaji Umap said: His parents and their neighbours started a search and our teams also joined them after the complaint. We got to know about the kidnapping when the 15-year-old boy told the search team that Parmindar could have done it. Actually,he knew that Parmindar had taken the boy uphill.
The police then went to Parmindars house and asked him about Shubh. They found Shubhs bat and slippers on the way to the hill. His body was found at 11.45 pm. The death was due to throttling. But he also had head injuries, said Umap.
Senior police inspector Ajay Kadam said: It later came to light that both Parmindar and the other boy had hatched the plan. Parmindar is pursuing a hotel management course and also works part time at a fast food joint in Camp area. He told us that he wanted to buy a bike and needed money for that. He first told his plan to a college friend who refused to be a party. He then spoke to the 15-year-old suspect who knew the victims family. The boy told Parmindar that Shubhs parents are well off. Though the plan was hatched by both of them,it was executed by Parmindar.
Kadam added that the boys decided that younger one would get the number of Shubhs parents and then they would call them for ransom. It seems the boy could not manage to get the number and hence no call was made, he said.
Parminder told the police that he had initially abandoned the plan after his accomplice refused to participate in it but went ahead with it when the latter changed his mind. Parminder went to the pandal where Shubh was playing,lifted him on his shoulder and went towards the hill,talking to the other suspect on the phone on the way. Shubh must have realised that something was wrong and told Parminder that he would tell his parents. Parminder got afraid and throttled Shubh. He then dumped his body behind a wall, said Kadam.
Deepak Gawali,a neighbour,said Shubh was a very bright and friendly child.
Accused got idea from news item
Police said Parmindar got the idea of kidnapping after he read a report in a Hindi newspaper about an abduction case in Punjabs Hoshiarpur. Senior inspector Ajay Kadam said: Parmindar earns about Rs 5,000 from his part-time job at a fast food joint in Camp area. He wanted to buy a costly bike and wanted money for it. When he got to know that Shubhs family was well off,he decided to demand Rs 5 lakh from them,said the officer.
Children look for quick money to fulfill aspirations
Psychologists and child behavioural experts are of the opinion that rise in juvenile crime cases in the city can be attributed to increasing tendency among youngsters to get easy money to buy things that their parents either cant afford or do not want to buy for them.
In a similar case in April this year,a 15-year-old boy was reportedly kidnapped and murdered by his classmates for a ransom of Rs 50,000. Theres an increasing tendency among children to try to get quick money so that they can fulfill their needs or aspirations and this forces children to get involved in crimes such as thefts,pickpocketing or kidnapping, said Dr Seem Darode,clinical and school psychologist.
Anuradha Sahasrabuddhe,executive director of Dyanwani-Childline Helpline,said,Over the years I have observed that many a times children tread the crime path to buy things that their parents either cant afford or do not want to buy for them. The case of a motorcycle is very peculiar. The craze of a bike is evident among adolescents for whom a bike is a symbol of prestige. While working with Juvenile Justice Board,I used to come across many cases where juveniles would break rules to get a bike. But the shocking part is that a majority of these boys belong to economically sound families.
According to experts,it is the responsibility of parents and teachers to inculcate among children the importance of earning money through hardwork.
Since early childhood only children should internalise values such as hard work,respect for others lives,accountability and abiding by laws. Parents and teachers have to take this responsibility, said Darode. Experts also feel that constant exposure to crime stories through media is also affecting the way children perceive crime. Children see or read these crime stories and think of them as easy easy to get money. Only when they are actually executing their plans they realise how difficult it is and end up doing what they had never planned as it happened in Mondays case, said Darode.
Experts also believe that over-exposure to violent video games and company of peers involved in violent activities are some of the major reasons that can lead children to commit unlawful acts.
Parents should be watchful and should know how the child is spending his time outside home. Parents should identify the signs and take corrective measures, said Sahasrabuddhe.