Naval Officer Kidnapped In Chennai, Burnt Alive In Palghar Forest

Suraj Kumar Dubey was allegedly kept in undisclosed locations for three days before he was brought to a Palghar forest and burnt alive by his kidnappers after he refused to give them a 10 lakh rupees ransom in exchange for his release

Raghav N

February 9, 2021

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In a shocking incident, a sailor from the Indian Navy died on Saturday of more than 90% burns after going through a week-long battle with his abductors. Suraj Kumar Dubey, posted at the INS Agrani near Coimbatore was heading back to his station on 30 January, when he was allegedly picked up at gunpoint by three unidentified men from outside the Chennai airport.

In a statement given by him before he succumbed to his injuries, Kumar said that he was kept at various unknown places for three days before the culprits took him to a jungle in Palghar in Maharashtra. After the 26-year-old seaman refused to concede to the kidnappers’ demand of 10 lakh rupees ransom, he was mercilessly set on fire and abandoned in the wild. When some locals saw the youth in flames, they alerted the police who then took him to a nearby hospital where he recounted the horrific ordeal. He was then shifted in a very critical condition to the Navy Hospital in Colaba where he finally died.

The officer’s grieving father is now demanding for justice for his son, who he says died while serving his country. The mysterious crime has also raised many questions on how the victim was brought to Gholwad in Palghar, which is close to 1,500 kilometres from Chennai and why was no one alerted for almost a week.

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