Man arrested from Uttar Pradesh for kidnapping Thane boy 10 years ago

The 16-year-old had died after he fell from a truck in which his abductors were shifting him, in January 2005

Thane: A 50-year-old man has been arrested from Uttar Pradesh in connection with the abduction of a local teenage boy, nearly a decade after the incident, police said.

However, arrest of Kadir Choudhary on January 15 revealed that the 16-year-old victim, identified as Pramod Gautam, died after he fell from a truck in which his abductors were shifting him, sometime in January 2005.

“The boy fell from the truck near Nashik and was run over by another vehicle which resulted in his death,” DCP Parag Manere said yesterday.

Gautam, a resident of Wagle Estate in Thane, was abducted on January 7, 2005 by four persons over a business rivalry with his family members, who are scrap merchants.

Though police had arrested Abdul Choudhary (38), Mohd Khan (35) and Jalal Khan (50) in connection with the kidnapping, Kadir remained at large.

Police, who recently opened up pending cases under their jurisdiction, conducted an investigation and finally traced Kadir in UP.

Kadir told the police that Gautam fell from the truck near Divagaon enroute to Nashik on the Mumbai-Agra highway and was run over by another vehicle, police said. Kadir then dumped his body by the roadside.

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