All three accused held guilty of 4-year-old Shimla boy’s murder

More than four years after 4-year-old Yug Gupta, son of a businessman, was kidnapped and murdered in the Kelston area of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, the district and sessions court here on Monday held all three accused — Chander Sharma, Tajender Singh and Vikrant Bakshi — guilty of the crime.

The quantum of sentence will be pronounced on August 13, said district and sessions judge Virender Singh.

Yug was kidnapped on June 14, 2014, by his neighbour Chander from the Ram Bazaar area. Chander lured him by offering a chocolate and took him to a godown situated just above the shop of Yug’s father. Later, he was bundled in a cardboard box and was taken to Chander’s rented house at Ramchandra Chowk in Tejinder’s vehicle.

Yug’s skeletal remains were found in a water tank in Kelston locality two years later on August 22, 2016, leading to widespread protests across the town. The child was tortured, starved and forced to consume liquor before he was thrown into the tank.

After Yug went missing, a case of abduction was registered on June 16, 2014. However, after cops failed to trace the killers, the case was transferred to the CID in August 2014. Investigations revealed that Chander, who was known to Yug’s father Vinod Gupta, hatched a plan to kidnap the child for ransom.

The accused demanded Rs 3.6 crore from his father. A video grab from Vikrant’s mobile phone, in which he was seen pleading for his life, led to breakthrough in the case. The CID arrested the three accused on August 22, 2016.

Police and CID recorded statements of 114 persons in the case. The CID had submitted a DNA report pertaining to matching of remains of Yug with his parents, diatomic report ascertaining that he was dumped in water alive and biological reports. All these were included in the chargesheet filed against the three accused on October 25, 2016.

How the case unfolded

June 14, 2014: Yug was kidnapped from Ram Bazaar

June 16: Abduction case registered

June 17: Family receives ransom letter demanding ₹3.6 crore

June 21: Yug was thrown into a municipal corporation water tank

August 14: Case transferred to CID’s crime branch

August 22, 2016. CID crime branch arrest all three accused

August 22: Child’s skeletal remains recovered from water tank

October 25: CID’s crime branch files chargesheet in court

First Published: Aug 07, 2018 09:33 IST

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