A teenaged boy was murdered after he was allegedly abducted by his friends at Jagaddal in North 24 Parganas two weeks ago. The police has arrested three accused. Avishek Choubey alias Prince (17), was a resident of Purbasha. The Class 12 student had been missing since January 20.
Avishek’s elder sister said, “My brother was supposed to go to private tution. But his three friends: Mohammed Sarfaraz, Mohammed Wakil and Moahmmed Zahid came and called him. He went out at around 5 on that day. At around 8.45 we got a call from his friends who demanded Rs 10 lakhs as ransom since he was kidnapped.”
Later, the family received SMSes and calls further.
A complaint was lodged with the police. Avishek’s family members agreed but they wanted to talk to him once. The accused however hiked the amount of ransom to Rs 15 lakhs. Avishek’s family members agreed with it too.
But they were asked to travel to Sealdah sometimes Naihati railway station.
They visited both the places but they alleged that no one was present to collect the money. Tracing the tower location of the ransom call the police arrested Sarfaraz, Wakil and Zahid on Saturday night.
During interrogation, the trio confessed that they strangulated Avishek to death before throwing the body from the Jubilee Bridge in Naihati in the river Hooghly after abducting him. Recently a decomposed body was recovered from Uttarpara ferry ghat on the banks of river Hooghly.
The accused claimed to the police the body belonged to Avishek. Avishek’s family, however, told the police the body did not belong to him after failing to identify him.
A Bengali report in Ananda Bazar further informs us that the accused chillingly told police that they pushed Avishek into the Hooghly river like one disposes of a cigarette.
Courtesy: http://www.asianage.com/metros/kolkata/050218/teen-abducted-killed-by-friends-over-ransom.html, https://www.hindupost.in/news/hindu-teenage-murdered-muslim-friends-ransom/