The 13- and 8-year-old brothers, who were abducted on October 15 from Bhiwadi in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, were found stabbed to death in New Delhi on Tuesday, while their third sibling was freed the next day after their kidnappers sought an eight-lakh-rupee ransom.
Mahaveer Teli and Manjha Khushwa were named as the kidnappers by police superintendent (Bhiwadi) Shantanu Kumar Singh, who also stated that they were being held. He reported that the third boy, a 7-year-old boy, had been brought to a children’s home in Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi.
Singh said the abductors called Gyan Singhwer, the father of the boys, who is a vegetable vendor, on Monday and demanded ₹8 lakh. They murdered the two when they started crying and dumped their bodies.
Singh said they traced the accused on Monday night on the basis of the mobile number they used to make the ransom call. The accused first told police that they killed the three and dumped their bodies in a jungle behind the Qutub Minar Metro Station. A police team found the bodies of the two children.
Singh said Teli and Khushwa, both in their 30s, are from Bihar and were Singhwer’s neighbours. “The accused are known to be drug addicts. One of them runs a small shop, while the other works at a factory.”
He said the accused slit the throats of the two boys and added they were awaiting their postmortem reports. “Further investigation into the matter is on.”
Chandhan Chowdhary, deputy commissioner (south) of the Delhi Police, claimed that they were made aware of the kidnapping when their Rajasthani counterparts reported it.
He stated that the accused brought the children to Daruheda first, then to Delhi, and that “a team of Bhiwadi crime branch arrived to Mehrauli [south Delhi] and conducted a search.”