New Delhi: In what is fast turning out to be a cleverly planned crime, police on Sunday revealed that the minor siblings, whose bodies were found near a railway track in Pragati Maidan in Delhi, were murdered on the same day of their kidnapping by the accused, one of them their maternal uncle. The maternal uncle, Amit Singh, lived in the same area as the children and he, along with other two accused Shivam Gupta and Pankaj Kashyap, hatched the plan to get fast cash, police said.
"They tried to kill the children in Millenium Park when they did not get the ransom and then went to Pragati Maidan-Bhairon Marg crossing. They first killed the girl and then the boy," Deputy Commissioner of Police, Prabhakar, at a press conference. Prabhakar added that the accused, who made at least nine call to the parents of the victims from a PCO, had also tried kidnapping the children before.
"One of the school teachers saw accused Pankaj on the previous kidnapping attempt," Prabhakar said. "But, no school employee or teacher saw the kidnappers on the day of kidnapping. School's liability would be decided on the case merit of the case," the DCP added.
Police officials have recovered the children's school bags and water bottles. They said the accused, who hatched the plan after they found out the victims' parents got Rs 30 lakh after a property deal, will be charged for kidnapping, murder, ransom and destruction of evidence.
"We came to know that Amit Singh bought a house very recently just behind the victims' residence," DCP Prabhakar said. The police officer added that Singh, who was arrested earlier in the day from the area where the post mortem was taking place, gave details of the conspiracy and chain of events during sustained interrogation.
On the day of the kidnapping, police said, "Shivam bolted the house of the victim from outside, while Pankaj waited outside the house. Amit went to school and took the children away from school".
Prabhakar added that the accused had carried out a recce of the house and the school before the crime. Singh was jobless and wanted to dabble in real estate and the other two just wanted money to splurge, the DCP said. He added that one of the accused, Pankaj Kashyap was also a gambler and wanted money to pay off his debt.