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Teen's desire to build copter drove him to abduct, murder cousin

Friday, 19 October 2012 - 7:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
The 15-year-old juvenile wanted the ransom so that he could deposit the money back in his father’s account.

Making merry and building a model helicopter is the reason that lead to the murder of a eight-year-old boy in the city. The 15-year-old accused who kidnapped and murdered his cousin spent Rs40,000 using his father’s ATM card on these activities in the last three months. He committed the crime so that he could deposit the ransom amount of Rs1 lakh back into his father’s account.

“The accused told us that he was fond of eating and enjoying his life for which he used to withdraw money from ATMs whenever required. His dad was too busy. We have called for ATM records to find out how many times he withdrew money. He used to visit restaurants and other places alone,” said senior police inspector Bhagwan Chate from the Borivli police station.

The accused’s father had asked for his ATM card recently as he needed to withdraw money, said an officer. The family members of the deceased informed the police that the accused knew about his uncle’s savings.

Srikumar, the victim Dheeraj Pandit’s father, found a hand-written  ransom note on his front door on Monday morning. The coconut-vendor immediately informed the police. The accused asked Srikumar to keep the ransom amount in a bucket at a nearby public toilet. The location mentioned by the accused led the police to believe that someone close to the family was involved.

During the investigation, the police found out the half torn ransom note was from a notebook that the accused owned. They matched his handwriting and confirmed that the minor had committed the crime.

Dheeraj was staying with his family in Bhimnagar slums in Gorai, Borivli (West). After he went missing, a complaint was lodged by his father with Borivali police station on Sunday afternoon.

Reel inspired crime

  • The accused used to watch a serial based on crime regularly
  • He saw multiple episodes of kidnapping on the show
  • The police feel that he might have got inspiration from the serial to kill his cousin



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