In a shocking incident, the body of a class 10 boy, who was allegedly kidnapped for ransom, was found stuffed in a carton near Secunderabad railway station on Wednesday night.
The body of Abhay Modani was found in a TV package box near Alpha Hotel in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad. The boy’s body – hands tied with a rope- was stuffed in a Sony TV package box and abandoned along roadside. Police are suspecting that the business rivals of the boy’s father Raj Kumar, who has scrap recycling company in Katedan of Rajendranagar, could be behind the killing.
The boy was kidnapped from near his house in Shahinayatgunj area of Hyderabad on Wednesday evening.
The class-10 student of Slate – The School in Abids in the city is one of the twin sons of Raj Kumar and Anuradha. Abhay was preparing for the final exams scheduled to commence on March 21, when tragedy struck. The joint family which migrated from Rajasthan two decades ago has been living at Sree Colony in Shahinayathgunj near Begum Bazar in the city.
His family members later received a phone call from the abductor, who demanded Rs. 10 crore as ransom from Abhay’s father Raj Kumar, who owns a scrap recycling company. The caller called again to demand Rs. 5 crore.
Following a complaint by the boy’s family, police traced the call to Secunderabad and launched a hunt for the suspects. The body was found by the roadside near Alpha Hotel on Thursday morning.
According to the family, Abhay had gone out on Wednesday evening to get idlis.
Footage recorded on surveillance cameras in the area shows Abhay riding pillion on a two-wheeler with a youngster, who appeared to be familiar to him.
Police is treating the youngster in the footage as the suspect. Deputy Commissioner of Police (West Zone) Venkateshwara Rao has announced a reward of Rs. 1 lakh for anyone giving information about him.
Police have formed 10 special teams to arrest those involved in the kidnap and murder. They suspect business rivals of the boy’s father to be behind the crime.