People protest as decomposed body of kidnapped boy found

May 30th, 2009 - 1:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, May 30 (IANS) The decomposed body of a nine-year-old boy who had been abducted two days ago was found in a house here Saturday morning, triggering angry protests from people over the kidnapping. Two people, including a shopkeeper, have been arrested, police said.
The body of Satyam Kumar, a Class 6 student of Doon Public School, was found wrapped in cloth in a house in Ashok Colony, suspected to belong to the kidnapper. The owner of the house is absconding. Police suspect that the boy was killed on Thursday night after he was kidnapped that evening while playing with friends outside his house in Kankarbagh colony.

The boy’s father Rajesh Kumar, a businessman, received a call on his cellphone late Thursday night from the abductors asking for Rs.5 million ransom. “My son was kidnapped when he was playing with his friends. We informed the police but no action was taken,” Kumar said.

After the boy’s body was found, hundreds of angry people blocked roads and demanded action against the officer in charge of the Kankarbagh police station for his failure to begin a search Thursday night to trace the boy.

Police Saturday arrested two people, including a neighbourhood shopkeeper.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar claimed during the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections that kidnapping cases had come down drastically during his rule. Such cases are still reported regularly all over the state, but hardly ever make headlines.

Akash Pandey, a 14-year-old boy who was kidnapped on way to school here on Aug 10, 2007, remains untraced. Ankit, a six-year-old student, was kidnapped on April 12, 2007, from outside his school. He remains untraced too.

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