Death of two kidnapped men in Patna bring fear to the fore again

August 12th, 2009 - 4:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, Aug 12 (IANS) The recovery of skeletons of two abducted youngsters in this Bihar capital has worsened the fears of several families in Bihar whose children and relatives have been missing for months and years.
The skeletons of two kidnapped men, Saurav Kumar and Santosh Kumar, both in their twenties, were found in the posh Shivpuri locality here Tuesday.

Police arrested five people, including main accused Mohit Tiwari, who confessed that he killed them, cut them into pieces and buried them in the compound of his house.

Saurav, an MBA student, was abducted from Gandhi Maidan area here Oct 30 last year and Santosh, a resident of Khagaria district, was kidnapped from Patliputra colony Jan 23 this year.

“Both were killed separately and later their bodies chopped to pieces and buried on the premises of Tiwari’s rented house,” a police official said.

Saurav’s father Dayanand Prasad, an official of Union Bank of India, had lodged a kidnapping case. The abductors had demanded Rs.50 lakh as ransom for his release. Santosh’s family also got ransom calls.

According to police, Tiwari, a resident of Gopalganj district, had rented the two-room house and used the vacant land outside to bury the bodies.

“It shocked and disturbed us because it reflects a new trend of kidnapped people being killed,” Anju Pandey, mother of Akash Pandey, 12, who was kidnapped while on way to school Aug 10, 2007, told IANS.

The distraught mother said: “The police have failed to trace him. There is no information about him.” She said she also met Chief Minister Nitish Kumar several times and requested him to direct the police to look into the case.

Nitish Kumar, on coming to power in November 2005, promised to turn Bihar into a crime-free state in three months. But police records suggest otherwise. While the chief minister claimed that the number of kidnappings had come down drastically during his rule, such incidents are being reported at regular intervals across the state.

Last month, the Bihar government said in the last eight years over 2,000 children had been abducted in the state and the fate of 340 of them was still not known.

According to official reports, 2,167 children were kidnapped between 2001 and 2009. Of them, 1,752 were found and 75 killed.

“We are praying for the safe return of my son kidnapped a year ago,” said a worried father, who is too scared to identify himself.

Similarly, there is gloom in the home of Sunaina Devi, whose husband has been missing since April 2006. She approached top police officials and even the chief minister, but to no avail. She also attempted suicide in August 2007.

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