A couple in India have confessed to hiring a gang to kill their unemployed son for nearly $10,000, according to authorities.
Kshatriya Ram Singh and his wife Rani Bai were arrested Monday in connection with the death of their 26-year-old son Sai Ram, who dropped out of college, the Times of India reported.
Ram, an unemployed alcoholic who allegedly beat and abused his parents when they refused to give him money for alcohol, was found dead on October 19 after his body was thrown into the Musi River along Suryapet.
Singh and Bai had approached his brother Satyanarayana to kill Ram, according to Huzurabad County Inspector Rama Linga Reddy.
Satyanarayana was reportedly able to arrest four people identified as R Ravi, D Dharma, P Nagaraju, D Sai and B Rambabu from the town of Miryalaguda to carry out the murder.
Ram’s parents agreed to pay Rs 8 lakh ($9,675) for the crime, with Rs 1.5 lakh ($1,815) paid in advance and the balance remitted three days after the murder.
Satyanarayana and Ravi took Ram to a temple in Kallepalli village where they met the other accused.
“Everyone had alcohol, and after Sai Ram got drunk, he was strangled with a rope. The killers later threw the body inside [the] Music,” said Reddy.
Singh and Bai never filed a missing persons report, but police were led to them after the family’s car was spotted on surveillance footage used in Ram’s murder.
It was also determined that the two had used the same vehicle to drive to the morgue on October 25 to identify Ram.
They revealed the story when they were interrogated.
In addition to Singh and Bai, four of the men hired to kill Ram were also arrested. The remaining suspect is currently on the run, according to the report.
Singh, who is the principal of a government school, was remanded in custody Monday along with Bai and the others.
Before his death, Ram was taken to a rehabilitation center in the city of Hyderabad, but family members said that didn’t help.
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