MEERUT: A six-year-old boy who had gone missing on December 15 while returning home from tuition was found dead in a sugarcane field on the outskirts of his village Fakharpur in Khekada area of Baghpat district on Tuesday night.
Police claimed that the class 2 boy, Shaurya Singh, was allegedly kidnapped and killed by his distant uncle and two of his aides, of the same village, for Rs 50 lakh ransom.
The accused planned to ask for ransom but when the family informed police, they did not. The triod, including his uncle Vineet Singh, 25, and aides Akshit Singh and Neeraj Singh aka Danny, were arrested, said Baghpat SP Neeraj Kumar Jadaun.
Abductors had planned to extort Rs 50 lakh from boy’s grandfather
On Wednesday, when the accused were being taken to court, Vineet and Neeraj snatched a pistol from a policeman, escaped and hid in a sugarcane field. When the cops were chasing the two, they fired at the police. The cops retaliated and the two accused suffered bullet injuries in their legs. A police constable also suffered a bullet injury. All three have been admitted to hospital, and they are out of danger, said the SP.
Police said that during probe, the accused admitted that they had kidnapped Shaurya with the intention of extorting Rs 50 lakh from the boy’s grandfather, Jagveer Singh, who had recently retired from government service and received a large amount of money as retirement benefit. When the boy’s grandfather, a resident of Fakharpur, lodged a missing complaint, police launched a search operation for the boy, said a police officer. Police initially registered a case under section 363 (kidnapping) of IPC against unidentified assailants, and six police teams were pressed into action to find the boy. After the three accused were arrested, the kidnapping case has been updated to that of murder, said the officer.

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