Delhi businessman’s abducted son murdered


New Delhi : A businessman’s five-year-old son, abducted Wednesday while playing outside his west Delhi home, was found strangled Saturday in a rented house in the neighbourhood.

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Police said the body of Aruf Mandal was found from an apartment near their Raghuvir Nagar home, close to Rajouri Garden area Saturday afternoon.

“Aruf went missing Wednesday while he was playing outside his home and investigations were immediately taken up on the complaint of the victim’s father Shankar Mandal, who runs a small textile factory in a nearby area,” said a police official.

According to the police, several ransoms calls demanding Rs.200,000 for the child’s release were made to the victim’s house from various locations in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh on the same day. But the abductors could not be traced as they kept changing their location.

“During investigations, Azad, who had worked at Shankar’s factory till two month ago, confessed his involvement and was arrested subsequently. In his interrogation he disclosed that he killed the boy Wednesday and to mislead police he had asked his five accomplices to make ransom calls from Badarpur, Faizabad, Barabanki and Lucknow,” the official said.

Acording to the police: “Azad said he killed the boy as his father had denied him money when he needed it the most.”

Azad told the police he first abducted the boy on the pretext of offering a chocolate and took him to a room that he had taken on rent a few days ago. He allegedly strangled the victim there and then hid the body.