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Air yet to clear on body found in Hooghly

KOLKATA: The Barrackpore police are yet to clear the confusion over the recovery of a body from Hooghly which they initially thought to be of Abhisek Choubey, a 17-year-old youth who was abducted by three of his associates on January 20 for ransom.
While the family members of the victim claimed it was not Abhisek's body, the arrested accused said they had thrown his body into the river Hooghly from the Jubilee Bridge in Naihati after killing him.
According to preliminary investigation, police suspect that the accused - Md Sarfaraz, Md Ukil and Md Jahid killed the victim as they had no place to hide him. The accused also demanded a ransom of Rs 10 lakh from his family members.
After being informed, police tapped their mobile phones which the accused used while calling up the family members for ransom. Around 11 days after the incident, police managed to catch them from Jagaddal area by determining the tower location of the mobile phone when they had called the family again. The accused confessed their guilt and said they had pushed the victim into the river on the day of the incident.
The family members told police that they had cautioned the victim who was a Higher Secondary examinee not to mix with the three youth who are allegedly involved in anti-social activities but he turned a deaf ear to their appeal.
The motive behind the abduction was taking huge ransom from the family members of the victim but the accused might have killed the victim in fear of getting caught, police suspect.
A body was found on Saturday night from a ghat at Uttarpara. The family members could not identify the victim as it was decomposed and became defaced completely. Police may carry out DNA test to ascertain the identity of the body.

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