Vikash Sharma

Titilagarh police claimed to have cracked the missing case of a 15-year-old boy at Belpada village in Bolangir district and arrested his uncle on charges of kidnap and murder. In a startling revelation, the missing 15-year-old boy was allegedly abducted and subsequently murdered by his uncle. The accused has been identified as Rohan Bag.

Senior police officials informed that Rohan killed his nephew Rehan by strangulating him. Later in a bid to mislead the cops, the accused called the deceased's family members and demanded a ransom of Rs 2.3 lakh.

According to the case diary, the deceased minor was missing from his house on April 14, 2024. Based on a complaint by the boy's parents, police had initially lodged a missing persons' complaint and launched a probe. 

"My son went missing on April 14 after returning home after playing cricket. He had gone to an isolated place to attend nature's call from where he went missing. We had no enmity with Rohan's family. I don't know why he killed my son," said deceased Rehan's father Kamanidhi Bag.

Titilagarh SDPO Ankita Kumbhar said, "We had got information that one 15-year-old boy Rehan Bag was missing from April 14. A case was registered and a special team was formed. During probe, we brought the suspect Rohan Bag for interrogation. It came to light that a ransom of Rs 2.3 lakh was also demanded to misguide the family."

According to the senior police official, after the recovery of the body, the case has been turned into a kidnapping and a murder case.