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Two held for death of kidnapped boy

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NEW DELHI, JAN. 22. Two persons alleged to have kidnapped and then killed the nine-year-old son of their landlord from Tilak Nagar in West Delhi this past week were arrested by the police on Friday. The body of the child was recovered two days after he was reported missing.

Deepak, son of Anil Kumar, went missing on January 18. Acting on Mr. Kumar's complaint, the local police registered a case and kept a close watch over friends, relatives and his tenants. During surveillance, they discovered that two of Mr. Kumar's tenants, Arvind and Rajesh, had not been seen since the day of the kidnapping.

On the morning of January 20, the police found Deepak's body dumped a kilometre away from his house. Enquiries revealed that Arvind and Rajesh used to meet Deepak quite often and would give him audio compact discs regularly to be friends with him. Deepak's relatives also told the police that the day he went missing, he was last seen with the duo. Suspecting their involvement in the kidnapping-cum-murder, the police conducted raids at their hideouts and detained them near Park Hospital at Khayala. A country-made firearm was recovered from their possession.

During interrogation, Arvind and Rajesh reportedly confessed to having kidnapped Deepak. The duo along with another accomplice, Amit, planned to kidnap Deepak to extract ransom from his father. They also hired a room in the locality to take the boy there and kill him.

Accordingly, they whisked Deepak away while he was going to a shop near his house. They took him to the room and allegedly smothered him to death.

The accused then dropped a ransom letter at Deepak's residence demanding Rs. 2 lakhs for his release, but none of the family members noticed that letter.

Following their confession, the police arrested Arvind and Rajesh and have launched a hunt for Amit.

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