Adnan Patrawala case

Mumbai is in shock after the kidnapping and murder of 16 year old Adnan Patrawala allegedly by young men who befriended him through a social networking website.

Three of the alleged killers are in custody and the Mumbai police is looking for two more suspects.

Police sources had first said Adnan was kidnapped and murdered by three friends Sujit Nair, Ayush Bhat and Khimesh Ambavat, who he met on the social networking site Orkut about six months ago.

However, others investigating the case now claim there is no Orkut connection and that Adnan became friends with the three at a gaming centre in the Mumbai suburb of Malad six months ago and the Orkut exchanges came later.

Though, the Orkut angle hasn't been ruled out. The search is still on for a fourth suspect who was chatting to Adnan on Orkut under the name of Angel, most likely a fake ID. Adnan was passionate about fast cars: his page on a social networking site said his hobby was ‘Driving All Da Way’. It had a photograph of him driving his car with the speedometer at 180 kmph. He also had a weakness for brands: Provogue and Levi’s for clothes, Davidoff Cool Water amongst perfumes, Sony Ericksson K850i amongst cellphones and Skoda amongst fast cars. 

Adnan had two siblings, an 18-year-old elder brother named Abdul Ghani and a sister. Not too good at academics, he aspired to be a pilot. 

The Children’s Welfare Centre junior college, where Adnan studied, has planned a condolence meeting in his memory on Wednesday.

 “Adnan studied with us during his first-year of junior college and was regular with his attendance. He was an average student but was always well-behaved with his teachers and peers. I wouldn’t know of activities that students indulge outside school but there was never any complaint against him during school hours,’’ said Principal Ajay Kaul. Adnan was appearing for class XII as a private candidate from the same institute. 

The Patrawala residence at Indradarshan building in Lokhandwala saw a stream of relatives and friends all day on Tuesday. 

His family could not contain their anger when Adnan’s body was brought to Cooper post-mortem centre on Monday night. “We will never forgive the culprits. We have lost everything,’’ relatives told the media. 

The family said they would have gladly given away all their money if Adnan’s safety was guaranteed.


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