What happened: Police cracked a case of extortion and murder of an eight-year-old in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Culprit made two spelling mistakes in a ransom note. He misspelled the word “police” as “pullish” and “Sitapur”, the area he asked the kidnapped child’s family to meet him, as “Seeta-Pur”.
Police were able to trace the cell phone the kidnapper used to send the ransom note text, they realised it had been stolen from an illiterate man who did not know how to send text messages.
On November 7, after going through CCTV camera footage, the police rounded up 10 suspects including Singh, and asked them to write “I want a police job, I can run from Hardoi to Sitapur,” – a sentence which had both the words the kidnapper had misspelled.
Out of the 10 suspects, Singh’s spellings matched the ones on the ransom note.
Background: On October 26, 22-year-old Ram Pratap Singh kidnapped, and later killed, his 8-year-old distant cousin from a neighbouring village while the child was visiting his grandmother. That night, the boy’s father received a text from an unknown number with a ransom note