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Mumbai diamond merchant`s 13-year-old son kidnapped, killed by cousin

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 12:37

Mumbai: A 28-year-old man and his friend were arrested on Tuesday night on charges of kidnapping and murdering his 13-year-old cousin, the son of a diamond broker from South Mumbai.

The two, having lost money in gambling, wanted to make a fast buck by demanding a ransom from Aditya Ranka’s father. Aditya’s cousin Himanshu, who lives opposite to his house, called him on their landline telephone on Monday afternoon and offered to take him out for a spin in a Honda City, borrowed by his friend Brijesh Sanghvi from another person.

While Sanghvi took the boy, Himanshu stayed back to keep a tab on Aditya’s father Jitendra. When he received a call demanding a ransom of Rs 30 lakh, Jitendra, along with Himanshu, approached the VP Road police station. Sensing trouble, Himanshu informed Sanghvi about the police investigating the matter. The two panicked and decided to bump off the boy.

“Aditya was stabbed to death and his body burnt at a secluded spot on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway beyond Panvel,” Nisar Tamboli, DCP (zone-2), said.

During investigation, the police questioned family members and relatives. Sanghvi too was questioned when the police found a boy’s sandal and blood stains in the Honda City.

“Both of them confessed they had kidnapped and murdered Aditya. They needed money. Both are into gambling and are involved in the metal market,” Tamboli said.


First Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 08:01
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