NEW DELHI: A 17-year-old boy and his girlfriend, also a juvenile have been apprehended for kidnapping and murdering their neighbour's 13-year-old son in south-east Delhis' Badarpur area. The couple had demanded Rs 60,000 ransom from the child's parents, so that they could pay the entry fee of a popular dance reality show in Mumbai.

However, their plans fell out after the child discovered their intentions, following which they murdered him and dumped the body in a ditch near Ranikhet in Uttarakhand.

The child, Swapnesh Gupta went missing from outside his school in Chuna Bhatti area on September 15. The couple had lured him to accompany them to the auditions of a dance reality show in Rudrapur. Family members say that Swapnesh also wanted to become a dancer and had idolized the couple as his mentors.

On the way to Rudrapur, the couple befriended a man on the bus and convinced him to allow them a night's stay at his house near Corbett National Park. Later at night they took the child to a hill and strangled the child with the belt and pushed him off the cliff into a ditch.

Meanwhile, the child's father Rajesh filed a missing case on September 16. "We registered a case of kidnapping and formed A team led by ACP Nidhin Valsan and SHO Badarpur Aishvir Singh to look for him. Also, 10 teams were sent to the neighboring states," said Mandeep Singh Randhawa, DCP, south east.

Four days later, Gupta received a call on his mobile phone from a girl demanding a ransom of Rs 60,000. He first ignored the call but the girl provided the family details about the child and promised to return him safely.
The police tracked the location of the caller for three days and finally the boy and the girl were located on blue motorcycle at the spot where they had asked the family to deliver the ransom money.

While being questioned, they broke down and confessed to the crime.
The decomposed body of the child was recovered on Monday and handed over to the family members after an autopsy thereafter.

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Dance trainers kidnap, kill student to enter dance show

New Delhi, Sept 25: Desperate to become famous, a couple who worked as dance trainers kidnapped one of their own students and killed him in order to collect ransom of Rs 60,000. Swapnesh Gupta, a class 8 student in a school in Delhi's Badarpur, took dance lessons from the duo a few months back. According to the police, the boy and the girl, both 17, wanted to be a part of Dance India Dance and had been assured by a contact that they could even win the show with a sum of Rs 60,000. In fact, the boy had participated in the competition last year, but was eliminated in the second round, the police said.

They designed a plot to kidnap 13-year old Swapnesh, met him outside his school and took him to an isolated area in Raniket in Uttarakhand on the pretext of participating in a dance show. There, they strangulated him and pushed him off a cliff. Five days later, after a 'missing' complaint was lodged, the duo made a ransom call to the father and asked him to pay the ransom. We decided to accept their demand and act only after rescuing the boy. They asked the father to bring the money to a spot near a cremation ground in Faridabad. As soon as they got there, we apprehended them," said DCP (southeast) Mandeep Singh Randhawa. The duo had met 2 years ago and were working as dance trainers in Badarpur, Jaitpur and in Faridabad. The girl was pursuing her BA from a local college and the biy was a class 12 dropout.

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