The police reported on Sunday that a teenage boy from a private school in Pune was allegedly was allegedly abducted and murdered for a ransom of Rs. 50,000 by three of his friends, including two minors, who allegedly took a clue from a crime-based television serial. Police Inspector (crime) Pandurang Gofane said that the deceased Shubham Shrike aged 16 years was kidnapped yesterday from Dighi area and was taken to a nearby hill. The accused then made a call to his father Mahadev Shrike demanding Rs. 50,000 which was later on negotiated to Rs. 15,000. Shubham's father though paid the money to the abducters at around 10:30 p.m, his son was not released following which he approached the Vishrantwadi Police Station.
Acting on the complaint, the police have arrested the trio who confessed to the murder, adding that the accused have been charged under Sections 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 383 (extortion), 302 (punishment for murder) of the IPC.
Police have withheld the identity of the trio since they are juveniles.
DCP Sanjay Jadhav said that Shubham was a student of Priyadarshini English Medium School in Bhosari area and had appearded for the 10th boards this year. Out of the arrested accused, two are minors and one has given the 12th examination this year. One out of the three friends is a classmate of Shubham.
He added that the three accused were under the impression of a television serial named 'CID'. They used to watch it regularly and decided to abduct the son of a jeweler first, however, they could not succeed in their plan.