A south Mumbai diamond brokers teenage son was kidnapped for ransom and murdered with the complicity of the boys cousin who was a habitual gambler and heavily in debt,police said Tuesday.
Thirteen-year-old Aditya Rankas body was found at Pali village near Navi Mumbai late on Tuesday. His 25-year-old cousin Himanshu Ranka,and Himanshus friend Vijesh Sanghvi (28),were arrested.
V P Road police said Himanshu and Vijesh were addicted to betting on cricket matches and deep in debt. They said Himanshu identified the target,while Vijesh carried out the kidnapping and murder.
Vijesh called the Ranka residence in Khetwadi,Girgaum,on Monday morning,pretending to be an associate of Adityas father Jitendra. He asked Aditya to come near a cigarette shop to take a set of keys that his father had sent, a police officer said.
As soon as Aditya reached the spot,he was forced into a Honda City. A ransom call was made to Jitendras cell phone,who initially took it as a joke. But upon learning that his son had gone out after receiving a call,he registered a complaint, the officer said.
According to police,as Vijesh was driving towards Navi Mumbai,Aditya tried to escape,following which he stabbed the boy to death. He then pulled over at a quiet spot,transferred the body to the boot,and drove to Pali village. There,he allegedly tried to burn the body and then abandoned it near a farmhouse. The body has been sent for post mortem, said Additional Commissioner of Police,South Region,Krishna Prakash.