Boy abduct plan went awry: cops

Siliguri, Jan. 9: The Siliguri teenager found dead yesterday had staged his own kidnap with the help of two friends who killed him after panicking about where he should be hidden, Siliguri police said today.

The police today arrested two youths ' they may be 18 years old and so are not being named ' and interrogated them, which led to these findings on Dipankar Sarkar's murder.

"We have arrested two youths, both residents of Tumbajote in Matigara, which is next to Patiramjote where the Sarkar family resides. They had taken Dipankar to Rongtong last Friday and strangled him," said Anand Kumar, the commissioner of Siliguri metropolitan police, this evening.

"Later, they also tried to burn him to disfigure his face," the commissioner said.

"We have learnt that Gopal Sarkar (Dipankar's father) had earned a handsome sum by selling some land. Dipankar himself planned the abduction, coaxed the duo to take him away and call his father for a ransom of Rs 20 lakh. The duo, arrested today, were his friends in Matigara," Kumar said.

Dipankar left his home on Friday on the pretext of going to his coaching class in Bagdogra, the police said.

A Class X student of Jorethang Senior Secondary School in Sikkim, Dipankar had come to his ancestral home in Matigara to spend the winter months.

On Friday, he did not go to his coaching centre in Bagdogra, around 10km from his home.

At 2.40pm the same day, father Gopal Sarkar got a call from his son's cellphone. The anonymous caller asked for Rs 20 lakh for his son's freedom and threatened him with dire consequences if he did not pay up.

Dipankar's body was found at a deserted place in Sepoydhura Tea Estate, around 15km from here, yesterday.

According to the police, the two friends joined Dipankar after he left home and the trio went to Rongtong, 17km from Siliguri, by road.

"After reaching Rongtong, they had liquor and food, which they bought at Khaprail More in Matigara," Kumar said. Khaprail More is about 3km from Siliguri.

"After they became intoxicated, the youths have told us, they became nervous about how they would keep Dipankar in hiding. Their nervousness prompted them to attack and kill the boy. Later, when one of them called the boy's father at 2.40pm (and demanded the ransom), Dipankar was already dead," Kumar said.

The police said they found Dipankar's cellphone in the home of one of the boys, from which the ransom call was made to Gopal.

"We checked the call records and the duration of both incoming and outgoing calls made during the last few days before Dipankar went missing. We became suspicious about the duo after seeing how many times they were called. They have admitted to the crime," a police source said.

It is not known what the two youths do. The police did not mention any details about their families, either.

Around 11am today, around 200 people, including Dipankar's family, started protesting at Matigara police station, accusing the police for failing to save the boy and also for not being able to arrest any of the culprits.

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