The 26-year-old naval sailor, abducted from Chennai in Tamil Nadu on January 30, was burnt alive in the jungles of Maharashtra's Palghar district. A badly scorched sailor died in hospital.
District police said Suraj Kumar Dubey, a victim admitted to a hospital in Mumbai, breathed his last on Friday. Police are searching for the kidnappers. Palghar district police spokesperson Sachin Naveedkar said that Dubey, a resident of Ranchi in Jharkhand, was posted on INS pioneer near Coimbatore.
Sooraj's father has pleaded for justice for his son. His father Mithilesh Dubey said- I want justice for my son. I want to convey this message through the media. He gave a statement before dying that he was kidnapped for ransom and imprisoned for three days. He was later brought to Palghar and burnt alive.
According to preliminary information, when he was returning from vacation, on January 30, around 9 pm, three people were kidnapped outside the Chennai airport on the gun-side and demanded a ransom of Rs 10 lakh in exchange for his release. He was held hostage in Chennai for three days and later brought to Waveji in Talasari area of Palghar district. On Friday morning, the kidnappers tied their hands and feet and burned them alive in the forests near Gholvad, and escaped leaving to die.
Dubey somehow ran away and with the help of some local citizens reached Dhahanu Primary Health Center. 90 percent of his body was badly burned. In this condition, he was taken to Naval Hospital in Mumbai but died on the way.
He told the police about the whole incident before he died. A Navy spokesman said that Dubey was on leave when he was abducted and was found in Palghar in a 90 percent burn condition on Friday morning.