A nine-year-old boy, who was kidnapped from outside his house at New Usmanpur in North-East Delhi and for whose release a ransom of Rs 4 lakh was allegedly sought by his uncle and his four accomplices, was found strangled to death and dumped in a drain on Thursday. The police have arrested all the five accused.
Saalim, who studied in a school at Mori Gate, was playing outside his house when he went missing around 8-30 p.m. on Thursday. About two hours later, his father Ale Hassan, who runs a readymade garments factory, received a ransom call demanding Rs.4 lakh. He was asked to make the payment near Zero Pushta. However, no one turned up at the meeting point.
The family then reported the matter to the police. Subsequently, a case was registered and investigations taken up.
The police found that the mobile phone from which the ransom call had been made belonged to one Rajesh, who had earlier worked at Ale Hassan's factory.
During questioning, he purportedly disclosed that he had given that SIM card to one Arif.
The police rounded up Rajesh, Arif, Farman and one Anis on suspicion of their involvement. During interrogation, they purportedly disclosed that Babu Hassan, cousin of Ale Hussan, had masterminded the kidnapping for ransom. The police then arrested Babu and at his instance they found the victim's body on Sunday morning. The accused disclosed that he had strangled the boy soon after kidnapping him. All the five accused were subsequently arrested.
The victim lived with his parents and two younger sisters at Kartar Nagar.