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New Delhi: Three days after he went missing, the body of 19-year-old Raju Ray, was found in the boot of his Santro car in Karnal, Haryana. The body bore several stab injuries.
Police said his family had received a call for ransom on Tuesday, a day after he went missing. Raju's father, Sreemal Ray, a homoeopath, had approached the police, saying his son had not returned to their Mongolpuri residence in Outer Delhi.
"Raju had gone to a video game parlour after dropping his father to his clinic in Mongolpuri. Some people there told us that he had left after receiving a call. He's missing since then," said Uttam Vishwas, Raju's uncle.
On Tuesday, Sreemal Ray had received ransom call from his son's phone number. The caller told him his son had been kidnapped and asked for Rs 20 lakh.
"Sreemal told them he was ready to pay the money and then informed the police about the call," Vishwas said. Later, a sum of Rs 40,000 was withdrawn from Raju's SBI bank account from an ATM in Gurnur, Haryana, police said.
Police said they had checked the CCTV camera footage of the ATM and got images of three youths who had used Ray's card.
The officials added they were trying to nab the culprits but did not get much time to act. "We had flashed his car number in Delhi and adjoining states. We were waiting for the abductors to make another call to zero in on them," said the police. Officials at the Rohini (South) police station, where the case is registered, said they were in touch with their Haryana counterparts to nab the culprits.
However, Raju's family blamed the police, alleging that they failed to act on time. "We had given them the car number immediately after Raju went missing. They should have flashed it across then itself," Sreemal said.
Raju was studying in Class XII in a private institution and was preparing for his medical entrance exams. His elder sister is studying medicine in Bengaluru.
Raju's body was, meanwhile, brought back to Delhi and taken for postmortem. Police have registered a murder case.
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