New Delhi: A 17-year-old boy was apprehended for abducting and murdering the minor son of a fruit seller here, police said on Saturday.
Six-year-old Ganesh's body was found with his neck slit in west Delhi's Naraina area on Friday evening.
Police said the accused abducted Ganesh from near his house in central Delhi's Ranjeet Nagar on Thursday when he was playing.
The accused lured the boy by telling him that he will take him to a video game parlour.
The accused also told police that he killed the boy and dumped his body in a park soon after abducting him. The accused then made a ransom call demanding Rs.1.5 lakh for Ganesh's safe release.
Besides, the accused told police that he was in dire need of money to buy an expensive mobile and lead a lavish lifestyle.
"He came to know that the deceased's father had recently spent Rs 1.5 lakh on heart surgery. This led him to believe that the boy's father can make available this much money," said Additional Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar.
After killing the boy, the accused came back to his home and washed his clothes and even joined the search party to trace the child, Alok Kumar said.
A stolen SIM card, used to made the ransom call, and clothes with blood stains were recovered from his possession.