HYDERABAD: Why would the kidnappers murder a 15-year-old boy, who could have fetched them a big fortune? Was Abhay alive when the abductors called his family asking `10 crore as ransom? As the post-mortem examination suggests Abhay was smothered to death, could it be an accidental death or was it a case of call for ransom coupled with settling an old personal or business score? Two days after the mysterious death of Abhay, the leads are posing more questions than answers.
On Friday morning, Abhay’s twin brother Abhishek identified the suspect, who was riding the moped with Abhay as pillion. The suspect has been identified as Sai from Rajahmundry. Sources said the accused has been picked up and is being grilled to find out the motive behind the murder. It is, however, unclear whether Abhay was murdered even before the call for ransom was made.
Abhay Modhani of Shahinayatgunj near Begum Bazar was kidnapped and brutally murdered on Wednesday. The body was found stuffed in a carton near Secunderabad railway station on Wednesday. As the investigators reached the residence of Raj Kumar Modhani, father of Abhay, on Friday with photographs of the suspect, Abhishek and other children identified him without any second thoughts. “He is Sai who worked as domestic help in the neighbourhood. He has been here for about six months and is very good mannered. He actively participated in the Ganesh immersion procession and kite flying festival on Sankranthi,” Satheesh Atal, Raj Kumar’s brother-in-law told Express.
“We are told by officials who traced Sai’s mobile tower information that he was in Aghapura on the day of the incident. We are not sure if Sai is even his real name,” said Satheesh.
On Friday, police held enquiries in the locality. It is learnt that three of Raj Kumar’s workers are also being questioned.
Second Kidnap in the Family?
Pratheek (24), son of Raj Kumar’s brother-in-law Satheesh, told Express that he too was kidnapped in the same fashion two years ago from Troop Bazar near Abids. “A youngster came on his bike, tapped on my back and accused me of stealing his mobile phone. He told me to sit on his bike and without hesitating I sat,” he said. Prateek had to give away all his belongings including mobile phone, gold chain, ring etc before he could make an escape.