Lucknow: The decomposed body of a minor boy who was kidnapped Sep 20 from outside the City Montessori School in Manaknagar here was recovered by Lucknow police in a forested area in Mirzapur.
Police Friday arrested one of the men who had kidnapped seven-year-old Ashish Pandey. The accused took police to the spot in Mirzapur, where they had dumped his body after killing him.
The kidnapper, Pawan, told police that they had killed Ashish the very day he was kidnapped by him and three of his accomplices.
Senior Superintendent of Police R.K. Chaturvedi told IANS that police had recovered the decomposed body along with his clothes and a handkerchief. He added that three kidnappers were still at large and a manhunt was on to nab them.
Pawan told police he planned the kidnapping along with Mukesh Kumar Kol and Guddu. They strangled Ashish in a moving car out of the fear of being arrested. They dumped the body in a thicket near Bhainswar Balia village in Mirzapur.
The driver of the car was also involved in the kidnapping.
Police said the kidnapper told them that they dumped Ashish's school uniform and bag in Tanwas river.
Pawan was produced in a Mirzapur court and was brought to Lucknow Saturday evening on a transit remand.
Ashish, a Class 2 student, was son of Ratnesh Pandey, an accountant at Loreto Convent.