A 12-year-old schoolboy was found dead hours after he was kidnapped for ransom at a village in the district, police said Sunday.
Police found the body at Minapara village in Gangni upazila of Meherpur district on Saturday midnight.
The deceased was identified as Abir Hossain, a class V student of Minapara Government Primary School and son of expatriate Asadul Haque of Chuadanga district.
Bazlur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Gangni Police Station, said Abir along with his mother used to live at his maternal grandfather’s house since his childhood.
On Saturday, Abir went out with two people including Hamim Hossain, 15, son of Nuh Member by a motorbike and since then he remained missing.
Later, Abir’s family informed the police.
Zahurul Islam, grandfather of Abir said they received a phone call from a person asking for a ransom of Tk one lakh for the boy’s reelase on Saturday evening.
Later, a team of police conducted a drive and arrested Hamim and Muzahid, 15, son of Mirajul Islam of the village and following their statement, police recovered the body of Abir around midnight.
The arrestees told police that they strangled Abir to death and dumped the body there. They body was sent to local hospital morgue.
Both the arrestees have long been involved in many criminal cases including that of taking drugs and stealing.