Police on Saturday apprehended a juvenile for allegedly kidnapping a six-year-old boy and murdering him. The boy was kidnapped from Central Delhi’s Ranjeet Nagar area on Thursday.
Police said during questioning, the juvenile revealed that he needed money to buy a smartphone. He knew the boy and was aware that his father was rich. He thought the boy’s father would not refuse to pay the ransom.
According to police, the child, Ganesh, went missing from outside his home. His father, Promod Kumar, reported the matter to police. Kumar also received a ransom call for Rs 1.5 lakh.
“A case was registered at Ranjeet Nagar police station,” a police officer said.
However on Friday, the child’s body was found in a park in Naraina. On the basis of local intelligence, police found that the boy was last seen playing with a juvenile who stays in the area.
“The juvenile was questioned in the presence of his parents. He then confessed to his involvement in the crime. He said he needed money to buy an expensive mobile phone. So, he decided to kidnap the child. He killed the child to avoid being identified,” JCP Sandeep Goel said.
“He lured Ganesh by telling him he would let Ganesh play mobile games and killed him in an isolated spot in Naraina’s Satya Park. He stabbed the child multiple times till he died. The juvenile then made a ransom call using a SIM card that he stole from his neighbor,” Goel said.
After killing the child, the juvenile returned home and washed his clothes. He then involved himself in searching for the child to avoid being suspected, Goel said.
Police have recovered the stolen SIM card, mobile phone and bloodstained clothes. The juvenile will be produced before a magistrate, police said.