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Sixteen-year-old kidnapped, murdered in Delhi


Shambhavi Rai,CNN-IBN
Jul 30, 2009 at 01:14am IST

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New Delhi: A 16-year-old schoolboy who was kidnapped on Tuesday was found murdered in South Delhi on Wednesday morning. This even after a ransom of Rs 20 lakhs was paid to the kidnappers.

Ribhu Chawla, an XI class student of K R Mangalam School in Vikas Puri was kidnapped on his way back from school. He had left for school as usual on Tuesday morning. A day later, his strangulated body was found behind the Ryan International school in Vasant Kunj in the Capital.

Ribhu was riding back home with his friend on a two-wheeler at around 2:30 pm when unidentified men in a black WagonR came from behind and pulled him inside their car

"Scooty pe jaa rahe the wo peeche se WagonR mein kuch log aaye aur usko zabardasti pakad ke le gaye (We were going on a scooty when a few people came from behind in a WagonR and forcefully took him away)," said the victim's friend Prashant Verma.

Ribhu lived with his parents in this building of Vikaspuri. His father, a software director in a renowned company received a ransom call of Rs 40 lakhs on Tuesday evening.

The worried parents agreed to pay half of it on the same night. According to the family, the police was constantly informed of these calls and an FIR was lodged. But though the police said a case of kidnapping was registered, they deny any information of cash exchanging hands.

"We have registered a case and postmortem has been conducted. Special investigation teams have been formed to track down the gang which has done this. We have some live leads we are following up on that and we'll do our best to work out the case as soon as possible," said Joint Commissioner southern range, Ajai Kashyap.

The police has questioned several people including the friend who was riding back with Ribhu. But inspite of the parents approaching the police, an innocent life was lost. The Delhi Police, with its tall claims of with you, for you, always, now has to do some serious answering.

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