Boy, 8, kidnapped and murdered after doctor parents refused to give his killer a jobDrs Arvind and Nikita Rawal with sons Ishan (right) and Rusheek



An eight-year-old British boy was kidnapped and murdered in India by a man who had been turned down for a job by his doctor parents, it has been claimed.

Ishan Rawal was abducted during the ceremonial opening of their hospital and discovered strangled in woodland just a few miles away.

Hospital employee Shaan Das confessed to killing the youngster, according to police reports, and told officers it was because the youngster's parents turned him down for a job.

Dr Nikita Rawal and Dr Arvind Rawal, from Beverly, East Yorkshire realised that their son was missing during the opening ceremony of their clinic in Indore, Madhya Pradesh state.

Nikita, 42, who lived in Hull, East Yorks, with her family before they moved to India last year, said: "How can someone do such a thing?

"In March, it was decided Das wouldn't work for the hospital.

"But he already had a job so he wasn't unemployed and it was months ago."

The distraught couple - who worked at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital - told how Das, who worked as a servant at their house, had been seen driving from the ceremony with Ishan on his motorbike.

When he was later questioned by Mr Rawal and police, he initially denied knowing where the boy was but then said he had "taken him for a bike ride and left him somewhere."

Arvind, 43, explained how on the day Ishan was kidnapped he was seen leaving the ceremony with Das by his brother Rusheek, 11.

He said: "Rusheek said Ishan had gone - so we spent an hour looking all over the hospital.

"There were people everywhere so it was very hectic. When we couldn't find him, we reported it to the police. We had our suspicions that he had been kidnapped."

Das was taken into police custody and confessed to kidnapping Ishan in June last year and then claimed he killed him because the child's parents wouldn't give him a job.

Arvind says the Indian police are satisfied with the arrest of Das and are not looking for anyone else in connection with Ishan's murder.

The family have now invited the British High Commission to meet authorities in Delhi in an attempt to widen the murder investigation

Arvind said: "We'd like our friends in East Yorkshire to help us and campaign for a proper enquiry. We need justice for our son."