Demand for ransom scaled down from Rs.50 lakh to Rs.15 lakh
An assistant with the Bureau of Indian Standards was kidnapped allegedly by a friend and his accomplices earlier this week, robbed of cash, murdered and his body dumped in sugarcane fields near Amroha in Uttar Pradesh. The police have arrested two accused who had demanded a ransom of Rs.50 lakh from the victim's family.
Twenty-eight-year-old Rohit, son of lawyer Ram Ratan Ahlawat, lived with his parents in Paschim Vihar. He was last seen by them on Monday when he left for his office near ITO. When he did not return home, his relatives started looking for him. The next day, Mr. Ahlawat received a call claiming that his son had been kidnapped. The caller demanded Rs.50 lakh for his son's release. Through negotiations, the amount was scaled down to Rs.15 lakh.
Mr. Ahlawat lodged a complaint at the Indraprastha Estate police station on Tuesday afternoon alleging that his son had been kidnapped. Subsequently a case was registered and teams formed to conduct raids.
Investigations by the police revealed that Rohit's ATM had been used for withdrawing money from a booth in Uttar Pradesh. The police zeroed in on one of Rohit's friends named Anadil. While efforts were under way to trace Rohit, the police learnt that a body matching his description had been found dumped in the sugarcane fields along Sambhal Road, nearly 15 km from Amroha. A police team was dispatched to make further enquiries. It is learnt that Rohit's father accompanied the policemen for identification of the deceased.
Based on the findings, the police arrested Anadil and his accomplice. During interrogation, Anadil purportedly disclosed that he was in desperate need of money. He was under the impression that his friend Rohit, who had a stable job, had a handsome bank balance. He along with his accomplices allegedly planned to rob him of cash.
On the fateful day, according to the police, the accused invited Rohit to a drinking session in neighbouring Noida where they beat him up and robbed him of his ATM card. However, they could withdraw only Rs.8,500. They then strangled Rohit to evade detection, as he knew Anadil and could have led the police to him and others.
“The accused also shot him to ensure that he was dead. They then dumped the body near Amroha,” said a police officer.
The victim's body would be handed over to his family after post-mortem. The police are trying to ascertain if more persons were involved.