LUCKNOW: The domestic help of a businessman employed with the family for two decades kidnapped his two sons for ransom in Sultanpur district
, on Thursday. Though the kidnap plot was busted in 24 hours and the kingpin nabbed, six-year-old Priyansh died in captor's custody while his eight-year-old brother, Divyansh, was critical when rescued. The accused, Raghuvir Yadav, had demanded Rs 50 lakh ransom from his employer and businessman, Rakesh Agrahari
. When the abductors came to know that police were in hot pursuit, they brutally attacked the boys, leaving one of them dead.
Police arrested the four accused and rescued an injured Divyansh on Friday morning. Priyansh's body was also recovered.
Agrahari, a tent house owner and BJP member, lives in Katka Khanpur Bazaar area under Gosaiganj police station with wife Poonam and three sons and a daughter. Speaking to TOI, Agrahari said, "Our domestic help, Raghuvir Yadav, would drop my sons to school on a bike, but they would return home on foot by noon."
On Thursday, when the boys did not return, Agrahari asked Yadav to bring them home. Yadav returned and said that two men had abducted the boys.
Kingpin’s accomplice shot at in encounter
“I turned numb for a while and began calling my relatives and friends. Also, I received a phone call from an unknown number, and the caller demanded ransom to free my sons. I asked them the amount and delivery spot and said it will take time to arrange money. The call was snapped,” he said.
“I was about to inform police when I received another call demanding Rs 50 lakh ransom. Then I informed the police,” said Rakesh.
A case was registered and police formed six teams, besides scanning call detail record (CDR) of the number from where the ransom call was made.
“It surfaced that domestic help Yadav had called the number once and he became a prime suspect. He had left saying he was going to look for the kids and did not return,” said SP (Sultanpur) Anurag Vats.
“At 2.30 am on Friday, we traced the number in the Hanumanganj area of Sultanpur Dehat. A team led by an inspector, and an ASP, reached the village and found shoes of boys outside a semi-constructed house,” the SP said.
One of Yadav’s accomplice, Shiv Pujan, hacked Priyansh to death in custody. “Priyansh was weeping inconsolably and this drew people’s attention. So, we were forced to kill him,” Yadav told police during questioning and confessed he was the mastermind.
“Our team laid siege to the house and challenged the kidnappers. Soon, Shiv Pujan and Raghuvir Yadav came out with Divyansh in tow. They did not stop when asked to surrender. Police sent out a warning and then shot Pujan in his leg. Yadav was overpowered and two other aides, Hari Om and Suraj, surrendered,” the SP said.
Pujan and Divyansh were taken to the hospital and then referred to KGMU. Divyansh has head injuries and is under observation, said KGMU Trauma Centre doctors.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited Divyansh and met the family members.he also announced Rs 2 lakh aid for Divyansh’s treatment and directed police to carry out a campaign to verify domestic help.