Kota Police said that Padia had debts of over Rs 1.50 crore, which he wanted to recover through the ransom.

A Kota-based businessman was arrested in Kanpur on Monday in connection with the kidnap and murder of a seven-year-old boy. Ankur Padia, 32, was brought to Kota on Tuesday morning where he was produced before a local court.

Padia’s elder brother Anoop, who has been absconding in a fraud case for seven years, was also arrested.

According to the police, Padia decided to kidnap Rudraksh, the son of a bank manager, as he had lost a lot of money to gambling. When the police got involved, Padia allegedly killed the boy and dumped his body in a canal.

The police said Padia and his family were addicted to a lavish lifestyle and that they owned a Jaguar, an Audi, a Harley Davidson motorbike and a personal discotheque apart from several plush apartments in Kota.

Kota Superintendent of Police Amandeep Singh Kapoor told reporters that Padia had debts of over Rs 1.50 crore, which he wanted to recover through the ransom.

“He works as a supplier and publisher of study material for a leading coaching institute in Kota but has expensive automobiles such as a Harley Davidson bike and an Audi and a personal discotheque at his house in Kota,” he said.

The boy, Rudraksh, was kidnapped on the evening of October 9 from a park. Soon after, his parents started receiving calls from several different numbers demanding Rs 2 crore as ransom. The next day, his body was found in the Jakhmund canal. The police zeroed in on Padia’s involvement on October 14.

Sources said that after killing Rudraksh, Padia had fled to Ratlam, before travelling to several locations including Orissa, Gujarat and Nagpur. He then left for Kanpur where he stayed in a hotel. The police nabbed him after tracing his elder brother Anoop.

The delay in nabbing Padia had caused some unrest in the city. Protests were held in front of the Inspector General’s office and the police were pulled up for their lackadaisical attitude. The Additional General of Police (Crime), Ajit Singh, was also shunted out in a reshuffle on Monday evening.

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