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Mother and son killed hostage first,demanded ransom later

A struggling youth,aided by his mother,kidnapped a boy in Andheri,murdered him and then made a ransom demand of Rs 15 lakh,the police said on Monday after arresting mother,son and a cousin.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
July 14, 2009 12:11:52 am

A struggling youth,aided by his mother,kidnapped a boy in Andheri,murdered him and then made a ransom demand of Rs 15 lakh,the police said on Monday after arresting mother,son and a cousin.

They had always meant to kill the boy because he would have identified them; he lived in the same building as the youth and his mother,the Crime Branch said after cracking the February crime.

Officers said the mother had held the boy’s legs while the son had strangled him. They said the killers then took the body by bus to Pune and went to Karad,where it was eventually found by a river.

Initially,the police had suspected a ritualistic human sacrifice. Now,they say,he was the victim of a bizarre plot hatched by the family. Those arrested are Umesh Ganpat Jadhav,24,who had failed his BA and was laid off a BPO for poor health,his mother Chhaya Jadhav (50) and cousin Atul Deepal Desai (20),who lives in Karad.

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Umesh lived on the second floor of Sai Dham Society in New MHADA Colony in Poonam Nagar,Andheri (East). His father is a post-office clerk.

The murdered boy,Sahil Ankush Dalvi,7,lived on the sixth floor. Every day,from 8.30 to 10.30 am,the class-II student would go the first floor to take lessons from a woman. This was when the Jadhavs plotted to kidnap him,the police said.

They allegedly called Atul from Karad to help them. The police said two attempts failed,they sent Atul back home,and then,on February 3,Umesh lured the boy to his room to play computer games.

“Umesh strangled him while Chhaya held down the boy’s legs. Once he was dead,they wrapped the body in towels and a blanket and stashed it into a bag. They took a bus to Pune with the bag,then called up Atul to help dispose of the body. From Pune,Umesh reached Karad at about 8 pm on February 3. Atul,who is an autorickshaw driver,drove the body to a spot near a river. They packed the bag with stones and flung it over the edge. Umesh then returned to Mumbai and made the ransom call,” said Rakesh Maria,Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime).

The boy’s family,meanwhile,had lodged a missing complaint. “The boy had gone down as usual for his tuition but did not return. His mother waited till 11.45 am and then called her husband,a construction supervisor with Consolidated Construction Company. He rushed back home and lodged a complaint at MIDC police station at 2 pm. The ransom call came the next day at 3.45 pm; the demand was for Rs 15 lakh,” Maria said.

The caller said he was from Dharavi and warned the father not to approach the police. The MIDC police registered a kidnapping case. On February 23,someone informed the Karad police of a bag,with a body inside,on the banks of the river Krishna-Koyna.

The local police found the decomposed body and informed the MIDC police,who took Sahil’s parents to Karad. They identified the body from his clothes and a DNA test later confirmed the boy’s identity.

“On July 2,the boy’s father approached the Crime Branch and urged us to take up the investigations. We formed a special team and arrested two of the accused today,” Maria said.

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