New Delhi, Sept 25: Desperate to become famous, a couple who worked as dance trainers kidnapped one of their own students and killed him in order to collect ransom of Rs 60,000. Swapnesh Gupta, a class 8 student in a school in Delhi's Badarpur, took dance lessons from the duo a few months back.
According to the police, the boy and the girl, both 17, wanted to be a part of Dance India Dance and had been assured by a contact that they could even win the show with a sum of Rs 60,000. In fact, the boy had participated in the competition last year, but was eliminated in the second round, the police said.
They designed a plot to kidnap 13-year old Swapnesh, met him outside his school and took him to an isolated area in Raniket in Uttarakhand on the pretext of participating in a dance show. There, they strangulated him and pushed him off a cliff.
Five days later, after a 'missing' complaint was lodged, the duo made a ransom call to the father and asked him to pay the ransom. We decided to accept their demand and act only after rescuing the boy. They asked the father to bring the money to a spot near a cremation ground in Faridabad. As soon as they got there, we apprehended them," said DCP (southeast) Mandeep Singh Randhawa.
The duo had met 2 years ago and were working as dance trainers in Badarpur, Jaitpur and in Faridabad. The girl was pursuing her BA from a local college and the biy was a class 12 dropout.