Kid­napped for ran­som by ‘un­cles’, Powai child’s body found near Bhayan­dar creek


The Powai po­lice has ar­rested two men in connection with the kid­nap­ping and mur­der a 10-year-old boy, whose body was re­cov­ered from a se­cluded area be­hind Azad Na­gar in Bhayan­dar (east) on Tues­day.

The two ac­cused, Amar Singh (20) and Lalu Singh (20), had al­legedly kid­napped the child, Ritesh Babloo Singh, for ‘ran­som.’ But the duo got scared af­ter one of the ac­cused got a call from Ritesh’s fa­ther en­quir­ing about the where­abouts of his son and stran­gu­lated the child be­fore dump­ing him near Bhayan­dar creek.

Since the child would fre­quently visit the workshop where the duo worked as welders, Ritesh’s fa­ther called them up to en­quire about their miss­ing child. How­ever both were eva­sive in their replies, giv­ing rea­sons for the po­lice to sus­pect their in­volve­ment. Apart from launch­ing a search op­er­a­tion to trace the kid, the po­lice called the duo for ques­tion­ing. Ini­tially they feigned ig­no­rance, how­ever af­ter in­tense grilling they con­fessed that they had mur­dered Ritesh and dumped his body. The po­lice then re­cov­ered the child’s body and sent it for an au­topsy.

“Ritesh was play­ing with Amar Singh on Sun­day. When Ritesh did not re­turn home by evening, his par­ents started to search for him. Babloo got to know that his son Ritesh was last seen play­ing with Amar. When Babloo called Amar, the lat­ter de­nied know­ing the kid’s where­abouts and got scared and killed the boy in a hurry. The duo had planned on de­mand­ing Rs. 4 lakh as ran­som from Ritesh’s fa­ther, who works as an elec­tri­cian,” se­nior in­spec­tor of Powai po­lice sta­tion Anil Pophale said.

Af­ter kid­nap­ping the child, Amar took him to Navghar in Bhayan­dar and kept the him at Lallu’s house. “Amar re­turned to his home in Powai on Mon­day. When we in­ter­ro­gated Amar, he re­vealed ev­ery­thing to us and con­fessed to the crime. Based on the in­for­ma­tion, we have also ar­rested his ac­com­plice Lallu and re­cov­ered the body,” said Pophale.

Amar and Lallu used to work to­gether as welders al­most three years ago, said po­lice. The po­lice said Amar, Lallu and Babloo be­long to the same vil­lage from UP.

El­dest of two sib­lings, Ritesh was a third stan­dard stu­dent and used to call the ac­cused ‘un­cle’. The fam­ily had shifted to Mumbai just six months ago. The duo – Amar and Lallu – have been booked for kid­nap­ping and mur­der charges of In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC). They were pro­duced be­fore court that has sent them into po­lice cus­tody for seven days.

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