Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday informed the assembly that the child who was missing for over two years was murdered for ransom.

The missing child’s skeleton was recovered by police from Shimla on Monday.

In a suo-motu statement, the Chief Minister said that four-year-old Yug Gupta had been missing from his residence here since June 16, 2014 and on June 27, a ransom letter was received by the family, demanding a Rs 3.6 crore ransom. Subsequently, three more ransom letters were received.

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“Narco analysis of servants of the victim’s family revealed that his neighbour could have kidnapped Yug for ransom,” he said.

Three accused — Chander Sharma, Tejinder Pal Singh and Vikrant Bakshi — have been arrested and the CID is currently investigating the case.

In another development, the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday directed the state to file reply regarding the missing boy.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan also directed the investigating officer to remain present in the court on August 27, the next date of hearing.

Pinky Gupta, the mother of the victim, has sought a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the incident.

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