Kanpur: A 25-year-old youth hailing from Nawabganj‘s Khyora area, who had been missing from his house since July 1, was allegedly found murdered in Akbarpur area of Kanpur Dehat district on Sunday morning.
Govind (25), son of Shyam Sunder, a clerk in Kesco, and a resident of Nawabganj’s Khyora locality of the city, was kidnapped and strangled to death by some unidentified miscreants, the police said.
“His body was found lying in the Akbarpur area of Kanpur Dehat district on Sunday morning. During preliminary investigations, it came to fore that the miscreants, after kidnapping the victim, first snatched the cash worth Rs 20,000 which he had withdrawn from an ATM and then robbed him of his car. Later, they strangled him to death and dumped his body in the Akbarpur area of Kanpur Dehat,” the police said. Police are now interrogating a few suspects after taking them into custody.
According to Shyam Sundar, his son Govind had left the house in a Baleno car at around 4 pm on July 1.
“On Saturday, when Govind did not return, I lodged a missing complaint at the Nawabganj police station,” he said.
Inspector Nawabganj Ashish Kumar Dwivedi said that after registering a missing person complaint, a massive search operation was launched to trace the whereabouts of Govind, but in vain. Later, the Kanpur Dehat police apprised them of the recovery of a dead body from the Akbarpur area. Police along with the family members reached the spot. The kin identified the body as that of Govind. Police later dispatched the body for a post-mortem examination.
Subsequently, the Nawabganj police converted the missing case into kidnapping, murder and robbery. According to ACP Swaroop Nagar Vraj Narayan Singh, Govind had told the family that he was going to attend the birthday party of his friend Deepak. However, when the police interrogated Deepak, the latter denied saying that his birthday did not fall on June 1.
“Police are looking for the reason as to why Govind lied to his family members,” the ACP further said.
The post-mortem report revealed that the miscreants killed Govind by severely thrashing and later strangulating him.
“Seven wounds were found on his body, out of which three are on the head. Also, several scratch marks were found on both his hands, which suggested that Govind had struggled a lot before being strangled to death by the miscreants,” the police official further said.
Police suspect involvement of someone very close to the deceased in the murder. “Three teams have been constituted to crack the case. Some suspects have also been taken into custody. The investigation is in progress on the basis of the facts that have come to light. Soon the accused will be caught,” said joint police commissioner, Anand Prakash Tewari.