Mumbai: A three-year-old girl was abducted and brutally murdered with her body cut into pieces allegedly by two teenage boys here, who sought a ransom of Rs 1 crore from her parents, police said on Sunday.
The incident came to light last night after the girl's body was recovered from Kazipura at Haji Kasam Chawl in Nagpada area here.
The two accused were arrested in the wee hours today, they said.
According to police, the victim had been missing since December 5 and a case in this regard was registered by her parents with the J J Marg police.
Later, the victim's parents received a call from some unidentified persons, demanding Rs 1 crore as ransom. Unable to shell out such a huge amount, the girl's father agreed to pay Rs 28 lakh to the alleged kidnappers, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 1) Manojkumar Sharma said.
The abductors later asked the girl's father to come with the ransom amount at Kalwa town in neighbouring Thane.
During the course of investigation, a 16-year-old boy, who lived in the neighbourhood of the girl and had passed on the information of kidnapping to her parents, was detained and quizzed by the police.
Further interrogation revealed that the boy and his accomplice, also aged 16, had allegedly abducted the girl on December 5 and later strangulated her with the wire of a mobile phone charger the very same day, the official said.
Both the accused were arrested in the wee hours and further investigations were on, Sharma said, adding the body has been sent for postmortem.