A 10-year-old Lucknow boy, who had gone to spend his summer vacations at his maternal grandparents’ house in Raebareli, was kidnapped and murdered allegedly by a person living in the neighbourhood, said Raebareli police officials on Thursday. Police have arrested one person in this connection and claimed that he kidnapped the body with intent to demand ransom but the accused unintentionally killed the boy when he started crying and shouting.
However, area locals, suspect some other motives — like voodoo activities — behind the killing as the boy’s family had not received any ransom call from the accused. They said that the police should further investigate the matter to ascertain the exact reason behind the kidnapping and the murder.
Sharing further details, Raebareli’s additional superintendent of police (ASP) Naveen Kumar Singh said that the boy, identified as Ayush Tiwari, was missing from his maternal grand parents’ house in Sambeshi village under Raebareli’s Lalganj police station limits since Wednesday morning.
The senior cop said that his maternal uncle Chotu Mishra informed the Lalganj police about the boy’s mysterious disappearance around 7.30 pm on Wednesday and the FIR under IPC section 263 was lodged immediately. He added that three police teams were constituted and a hunt was launched to search for the missing boy.
The accused, Anshuman Awasthi, who lives barely 100 metres from the house of the boy’s maternal parents, was taken in custody on the basis of suspicion raised by the family as he was last spotted along with the victim. Awasthi confessed kidnapping and strangulating the boy to death during rigorous interrogation and later, the body was recovered from his house on Thursday morning,”