Korba: Ten persons were today arrested in connection with the alleged abduction and murder of a student for ransom in Janjgeer Champa district of Chhattisgarh, police said.

The victim identified as Dilip Kumar Sahu, a Class X student of Sanskar Bharti Vidyalaya in Amgaon, went missing on March 19 while returning home after appearing for an exam, they said.

As Dilip did not return home even after nine days, his parents lodged a complaint in Jaijepur police station.
Meanwhile, unidentified persons called Dilip's landline and demanded a ransom of Rs 15 lakh which was later brought down to Rs 5 lakh and then to Rs 1 lakh, police said.

Dilip's father Phoolsinh Sahoo had received a call, allegedly from one of the abductors, asking him to drop a bag containing cash of Rs one lakh near a culvert on the outskirts
of Odekera village.

However, even after Phoolsinh did as he was instructed, his son did not return following which he approached the police who traced the mobile number from which the call was made and nabbed the 10 persons, including five friends of the victim, police said.

Interrogation of the arrested persons was on.