BHOPAL: Even as the state is shocked and numb following the kidnapping and the subsequent killing of two children, the confession of the abductors has send chills down the spine. The mastermind of the abduction and murder Padam Shukla and his two friends Raju Dwivedi and Lucky Singh Tomar (both residents of Banda district), who were arrested on late Friday gave gory details of the murder of the two tiny tots. Six youths, all residents of UP have been arrested in connection with the case.
During rigorous interrogation, the trio confessed to have abducted the two siblings and later throwing them alive into the river. They after tying the kids’ hands with ropes and chains had thrown them into the river on Thursday, the abductors had told police. On the basis of their information, police had sent search parties to trace the two brothers. The bodies were later fished out from the river and sent for post mortem to a hospital in Banda.
“Ongoing investigations and related interrogation of the arrested youths have revealed that they murdered the twins even after receiving Rs 20 lakh ransom fearing that since the kids had seen them they could have been easily identified and arrested,” said IG. “We were working jointly with the UP police in the matter and subsequently, we managed to track and arrest the kidnappers and killers.”
Two days after the incident, the victims’ father had received a Rs two crore ransom call and it was tracked to UP’s Banda district. After the call was tracked, it was found that it was made by the accused from an unknown person’s phone, adding that the perpetrators used this modus operandi several times to get in touch with the victims’ kin by using phones of random unsuspecting people.
One of the persons whose phone was used by the accused to make a call had clicked a photograph of the accused’s motorcycle. Tracking down the motorcycle’s registration number, police zeroed in on accused Rohit Dwivedi, a resident of Bhabhua village in UP’s Banda district, he said. Rohit led them to Raju Dwivedi, who then revealed the names of Padam Shukla and Tomar. DGP VK Singh, talking to media said police would file the case in the fast track Court and demand capital punishment for the accused.
The saffron connection?
Police are looking into the saffron connection in the case. Brother of Padam Shukla the mastermind of the abduction and murder is Bajrang Dal leader. Besides, SUV and the bikes used in the crime bore ‘BJP flag’ and ‘Ram Rajya’ stickers. The arrested Padam’s brother Vishnukant Shukla is a local Bajrang Dal leader of Chitrakoot (MP). Of the four motorcycles used in the crime, two do not carry any number, instead stickers bearing the word ‘Ram Rajya’ is pasted on the number plate. Besides, the seizure of motorcycles used in the crime, a Bolero vehicle bearing registration number of Chitrakoot-UP (UP96A8477) too has been seized.
Chitrakoot tense, Section 144 imposed
Sporadic protests erupted in Chitrakoot town of Satna soon after the news of children’s killing reached the place, prompting police to impose Section 144 in the tensed town. Some angry locals also burnt tyres on streets and vandalised private properties at some places, particularly in areas near the Janakikund Trust complex that houses the Sadguru Public Higher Secondary School.
The protestors raised slogans against police and administration over their failure to save the two kids MP Police’s IG-Intelligence Makarand Deouskar confirmed that Section 144 of CrPc has been imposed in the tense town. Additional police force has been deployed in Chitrakoot town of MP’s Satna district and the adjoining Karvi in UP’s Chitrakoot district following the protests.
Chief Minister says BJP is in fear; talks to bereaved father
Disturbed with the killings of twins, Chief Minister Kamal Nath said, I have talked to the bereaved father and assuring them that guilty will be brought to justice. We have arrested the accused and further inquiry is on, said the Chief Minister. Substantial evidence has been obtained. A four-wheeler involved in the crime had a flag carrying symbol of a particular party. “BJP is in fear because some of its leaders are connected with the case, claimed Nath adding that police are going to unveil the entire conspiracy.
Congress, BJP come face to face
The killing of the twins has brought the Congress and BJP face to face. Even as BJP accused the government for the collapsing law and order in state, the ruling Congress targeted the opposition alleging involvement of saffron body in the Satna kidnapping and killing.
Donning black ribbon on head, BJP members took out a candle march and staged a demonstration at New Market blaming the Kamal Nath government for the killing of the two siblings. BJP spokesperson, Rajnish Agrawal said the party will hold state-wide protests on Monday over the killing of two children.
On being questioned about the kidnapping-murder mastermind Padam Shukla being a Bajrang Dal leader’s brother and the seized Bolero bearing BJP flag, Agrawal said “IG-Rewa Zone during the press conference in Satna never mentioned that Bajrang Dal leader was involved in the crime. Also, the seized vehicle bearing flag doesn’t mean that BJP or any allied outfit is involved in the heinous crime.
Crimes have been committed in the past by criminals attired in police and army fatigues and travelling in vehicles bearing beacons and police/army flags, does that mean that police/army were involved in those crimes.” Meanwhile, Congress state media president Sobha Oza alleged involvement BJP and Bajrang Dal members in the kidnapping and killing of the two brothers. She alleged that kidnapping-murder mastermind Padam Shukla is a Bajrang Dal leader’s brother and the seized Bolero also bears BJP flag.
“The lust of BJP leaders for money has overpowered them so much that are now getting into kidnapping and killing and they even feel proud about it,” said the Congress leader. “In last 15 years the involvement of the BJP leaders in the crime and also their support to goons and anti-social elements has come to light. All such people kept taking the membership of BJP, RSS and Bajrang Dal and became the leaders,” alleged Oza.
2 engineers engineered the crime
Six persons, including the tuition teacher of the siblings and two engineering students, have been arrested for the crime. Padam Shukla and Lucky Singh Tomar are engineering students, while Ramkesh Yadav used to give tuitions to the twins. A pistol, Rs 17.67 lakh cash, three motorcycles and a sports utility vehicle have been recovered from the arrested persons.
BJP slams govt for collapsing law & order
The BJP leaders, including former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and LoP Gopal Bhargava slammed the State government for deteriorating law and order in the state. The Leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargava has written to Chief Minister demanding high-level inquiry into the case. The BJP leader also demanded removal of Satna SP with immediate effect. Alleging that law and order situation in state has collapsed, Bhargava also demanded remove the home minister Bala Bachchan.
“Only two industries are thriving in the state currently, one being the abduction and the other one is transfer-posting industry,” said Bhargava. Chouhan, who was in Rewa on Sunday, expressing shock over the killing of the abducted twins, accused the Congress government of transforming MP from island of peace to a continent of crime.
State home minister seeks Yogi Adityanath resignation
State home minister PC Sharma had demanded the resignation of UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s as the bodies of the two kids were recovered from Yamuna river in the neighbouring state. Defending state police, the minister shifted the blame to the neighbouring state government said that and instead shifted the blame on UP government and police, saying that accused belong to UP and the bodies of the children were recovered in UP’s territory.