Violent protests have rocked Chitrakoot in Madhya Pradesh after police recovered the dead bodies of a businessman’s 6-year-old twins from the banks of Yamuna. The twins, identified as Priyansh and Devansh, were abducted from their school bus by an armed gang on 12 February from the Madhya Pradesh side of Chitrakoot.
The businessman had paid a ransom of Rs 20 lakh but the kidnappers raised their demand to Rs 1 crore. The kidnappers, according to some reports, tied the hands and legs of the twins before throwing them into the river.
“After a night long search the bodies were found near a temple in Bakul village of Marka police area in Madhya Pradesh Sunday morning. The bodies were sent for post mortem,” Marka Station House Officer Zahid Hussain was quoted by The Hindustan Times.
The Special Task Force, which was formed to trace the abducted boys, arrested four people in connection with the kidnapping and murder. Police in Madhya Pradesh had announced a cash reward of Rs 50,000 for anyone giving the information on the twins’ whereabouts. They were reportedly working in coordination with their counterparts in Uttar Pradesh, but could not find the children alive.
Local media reports said that the man, who gave private tuition to the twins, was a mastermind of their abduction.
Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav, took to Twitter to express his shock at the murder of the twins.
आज बाँदा में दो मज़लूम बच्चों की लाशें मिलीं। उनकी जानें गयीं और एक परिवार का भविष्य उजड़ गया।
सरकारों की ज़िम्मेदारी है कि हर नागरिक को सुरक्षित रखे और दुःख है कि हाल यह है कि माँ बाप बच्चों को स्कूल भेजने से भी डरेंगे! देश की क़ानून व्यवस्था अब इससे ज़्यादा क्या बिगड़ेगी?
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) February 24, 2019
As soon as the news of the twins’ murder spread, thousands of people staged violent protest near the shopping complex, from where the boys were kidnapped. They set some shops on fire, forcing the cops to resort to tear gas shelling.