Bhopal: Kidnapped twins’ bodies found floating in Yamuna

BHOPAL: Despite paying Rs 20 lakh ransom to the abductors, a businessman could not save his six-year-old twin sons who were kidnapped at gunpoint in Satna district around 12 days back. The bodies of the two kindergarten kids – Shreyansh and Priyansh – were found floating in Yamuna near Baberu village in Uttar Pradesh’s Banda district late Saturday night.

A 22-year-old engineering student Padam Shukla, mastermind of the case and five of his accomplices have been arrested for the abduction and killing of the two siblings. The twin’s father Brijesh Rawat, an oil merchant, had paid Rs 20 lakh ransom to their abductors on February 19. However, fearing that their identity would be disclosed as the kids had seen them, the kidnappers had thrown the two kids into the river after tying their hands.

The masked men had come on a motorbike and abducted the two children at gunpoint when their bus was about to leave the premises of Sadguru Public Higher Secondary School on February 12. The kidnappers had later demanded a ransom from the children’s father. A day later, DGP VK Singh had announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for information about the twin siblings.

The kidnapping mastermind, a 22-year-old engineering student Padam Shukla, a resident of Janakikund-Chitrakoot (MP), has been arrested along with five other persons all aged between 20 and 26 years. All abductors are natives of Banda and Hamirpur districts of UP. Padam’s brother is regional convener of Bajrang Dal in Chitrakoot. Inspector general of Rewa-Zone Chanchal Shekhar, told Free Press over phone that six persons were so far arrested in the case. “We can’t say at this moment anything about the involvement of Padam’s brother in the crime,” said Shekhar.

The mistake is unpardonable
The recovery of bodies of two six-year-old twin boys who were kidnapped from Chitrakoot of Satna district has exposed chinks in the armour of the law and order in the state. It is testing times for chief minister Kamal Nath. Nath who came to power had promised better law and order. The kidnapping of Shreyans and Priyansh has put a big question mark on the efficacy of law and order. Their kidnapping and murder show the failure of the system. The police do not seem to take the responsibility of its failure. The death of these children is a proof of incompetence of the police. Full comment inside

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