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Three held for killing boy

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NEW DELHI, JULY 29. Three persons, including a woman, have been arrested by the South Delhi police for allegedly killing a six-year-old boy two months after kidnapping him in 2001.

The skeletal remains of the victim were recovered from a gutter on the Delhi-Ghaziabad border. Three persons had already been arrested in the case a few months after the kidnapping.

According to the police, Anand, son of Jawahar Singh, a resident of Azad camp in Sarita Vihar, was kidnapped on May 12, 2001, from near his house. For about three months, the police could not trace the kidnappers even though Anand's family kept receiving letters and telephone calls in which a ransom of Rs. 12 lakhs was demanded.

On August 21, 2001, the case was transferred to the Special Staff of the South Delhi police. A few days later, the team, under the leadership of Inspector Rajender Singh, managed to nab three persons, Tinku Choubey, Vijay and Manoj, who had come to take the ransom at Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh. Subsequently, raids were conducted at various places in Aligarh, Agra and Faridabad but the kidnappers and the victim remained untraced. But, as it later turned out, Anand had been killed by the kidnappers in July though they kept sending ransom letters even after that.

Finally, on July 21, the team arrested Raj Kumar alias Raju, a resident of Khurja in U.P., and his wife, Chhoti, for their alleged involvement in the kidnapping. In the meantime, the main accused, Jaipal, tried to dodge the police by surrendering in a Bulandshahr court in U.P. against a warrant issued earlier. However, the police applied for a production warrant and brought Jaipal to Delhi on five-day police remand.

During interrogation, Jaipal and Raju allegedly confessed to having kidnapped and killed Anand. Jaipal's brother, Reshampal, and brother-in-law, Pratap, were also involved in the kidnapping.

At Jaipal's instance, the police recovered the skeletal remains of the boy from a gutter along the road near Delhi-Ghaziabad border. The bone samples have been sent for further examination.

It came to light that Chander, next-door neighbour of Jawahar, had tipped-off Jaipal about the possibility of a huge ransom if they kidnapped Anand.

As per plan, Jaipal, Pratap, Reshampal, and Chhoti came to the Capital from U.P. and kidnapped Anand on May 12. They gave Anand a drug-laced soft drink and took him to Khurja. Raju and Chhoti kept the boy in their custody. After sometime, Jaipal took the custody of the boy. In the meantime, Jaipal sent ransom letters and also made calls to Jawahar many times. However, he could not fix the place and time where the ransom would be taken.

Two months after kidnapping Anand, the accused decided to kill Anand fearing that he might become a problem as they were constantly on the move.

They strangulated him with a rope and then dumped his body in the gutter. But they kept sending ransom letters even after that.

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