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Body of journalist’s minor son found burnt – kidnapped traced by Skype ID

A man kidnapped the nine-year-old son of TV journalist Ranjit Reddy; police traced him down when he called via Skype to see the ransom money.
Manda Sagar, the mechanic who kidnapped Dikshit Reddy, son of journalist, and burnt him
Manda Sagar (left) and Dikshit Reddy (right)
Image source: The News Minute

A man kidnapped the nine-year-old son of TV journalist Ranjit Reddy; police traced him down when he called via Skype to see the ransom money. Unfortunately, cops could not save the child as the kidnapper already burnt the body.


Ranjit Reddy lives in Mahbubabad, Telangana, with his wife, Vasantha, and works as a TV journalist. On Sunday evening, October 18, his nine-year-old son, Dikshit, was playing with his friends.

Manda Sagar, who worked as a mechanic, was a neighbour of Dikshit’s mother who lived in the Shanigapuram village. He knew Dikshit as he and his mother came often to visit their grandmother. He said that they would ride his bike. Since the child knew Sagar, he went with him.

Sagar avoided streets with CCTV cameras on the way to the outskirts of the town. When they reached there, Sagar sedated Dikhshit and held him hostage. Meanwhile, Dikhshit’s parents reported him missing the same night and received the first call demanding money.

18 calls from kidnapper of son of journalist for 45 lakh rupees

Sagar used internet phones to call Vasantha, Dikshit’s mother, 18 times to demand Rs.45 lakh in cash in return for Dikshit. Between these calls, at some point, Sagar felt worried as Dikshit knew him. He thus strangled Dikshit and decided to burn his body using petrol so there was no evidence of it. Thes calls apparently happened even after he killed him.

On Wednesday, the kidnapper did not show up to the location to take the cash and jewellery in exchange for Dikshit. However, he called via Skype to see the money. That is when the police finally managed to trace his Skype ID to his phone and tracked him down. Afterwards, he showed the body’s location to the police.

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