Dhubri, Oct. 21: A seven-year-old boy was kidnapped and later killed by his abductors in Dhubri district.
The body of Rakibul Islam was recovered from the Brahmaputra this morning. It was tied to a porcupine RCC pillar (erected to protect the area from erosion) at Kokradanga village under Kharuabanda police station of Dhubri district.
Rakibul was the son of Juran Ali who is a vegetable vendor in Tura town of Meghalaya. He was studying in Class I in Tura and was spending his autumn holidays in the village from October 9, a source in the village said.
According to him, Rakibul was kidnapped by five persons on October 19 while he was playing in a field near his ancestral house around 4.30pm at Kokradanga village.
He said Rakibul was taken to a stone-crusher site near Tura but the owner of the stone-crusher did not allow the kidnappers to keep the boy in captivity.
The abductors then brought him near Kokradanga, but by that time Rakibul’s father had lodged an FIR with Kharuabanda police station against suspected abductors and police stepped up search operation.
Rakibul was kidnapped reportedly to extort. But the abductors could not even convey their intention as they had trouble hiding the boy, a police source in Hatsinghimari, headquarters of South Salmara-Mancachar subdivision, said. “They did not find any place to keep the boy in captivity,” the source added.
When two of the five abductors were arrested yesterday, they revealed whereabouts of other members of the gang. Later, another abductor was arrested last night.
Villagers torched the houses of the five abductors at Kokradanga village last night.
“We are looking for the rest of the gang,” officer-in-charge of Kharuabanda police station, Sarbeswar Roy, said.