Eight-yr-old boy abducted and murdered in Meerut

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Meerut (UP), Jan 22: An eight-year-old boy was abducted and killed allegedly for ransom by unidentified men here, police said on Wednesday.

Shivam, son of Harpal Singh and a resident of Shivpuram area, was kidnapped on Monday from outside his house where he was playing, police said, adding, his body was recovered yesterday from an abandoned house in the locality.

Police suspected that the boy was subjected to sexual exploitation.

The motive behind the abduction and murder has not been established yet, they said. According to a complaint filed by Singh under TP Nagar police station, the accused had called him up and demanded ransom of Rs 2 lakh in lieu of safe release of his son.

Police suspected that the boy was subjected to sexual exploitation and murdered by his abductors as they feared disclosure of their identity.

However, they said they could confirm it only after receiving a post-mortem report in this regard. The investigation into all possible angles including personal enmity is on, they said.

PTI

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