Thursday 21 September 2017

Eight-year-old son of British doctors kidnapped and killed in India

Ishan Rawal (far right) with his parents doctors Arvind and Nikita Rawal and his brother Rusheek)
Ishan Rawal (far right) with his parents doctors Arvind and Nikita Rawal and his brother Rusheek)

The eight-year-old son of two doctors who moved from England to India is believed to have been kidnapped and killed.

Ishan Rawal was reportedly kidnapped during a ceremony to celebrate the opening of his parents' hospital in central India.

His strangled body is understood to have been found in woodland after his parents Dr Nikita Rawal and Dr Arvind Rawal, who used to work at Hull Royal Infirmary, reported him missing.

 

The  British Foreign and Commonwealth Office today said it is in contact with police in the the city of Indore following the death of a British national and will be "following the investigation closely".

 

Mrs Rawal, 42, who lived in East Yorkshire before they moved to India last year, said in local newspaper the Hull Daily Mail: "How can someone do such a thing?

 

"He was such a talented boy - he played tennis and was getting on very well at school.

 

"We are missing a very big part of our lives that we will never get back."

 

Ishan is believed to have gone missing on June 22 - the day of the opening ceremony at Royal Shanti Hospital in Indore, central India.

 

A man who was known to Mr and Mrs Rawal was taken into custody and confessed to taking Ishan to wood about 8km away from the hospital and killing him, according to reports.

 

However, the couple believe others may have been involved in Ishan's death.

 

They have reportedly requested an inquiry and asked the British High Commission to meet authorities in Delhi to widen the investigation.

 

In a statement  the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it is has been in contact with police in the area.

 

A spokesman said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in India. Our deepest sympathies are with the family, with whom we are in touch and to whom we are extending all possible consular support.

 

"We are also in touch with Indore police and will be following the investigation closely."

 

Telegraph.co.uk

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