Thiruvananthapuram: The body of a 21-year-old youth, who was taken away by an armed gang on Tuesday from Karamana near here, was found in a wooded area at Kaimanom on Wednesday, barely 12 hours after he was kidnapped.
Ananthu Gireesh, a resident of Konchiravila, was abducted by a four-member bike-borne gang from an eatery at Arasumoodu on Tuesday evening. Though his family had alerted the police immediately after he was kidnapped, they could not track down the victim or the assailants.
His body, which bore scores of blunt force injuries, was recovered during a search effort by his friends and relatives from a vacant plot adjacent to the Office of the Controller of Technical Examinations along the national highway stretch.
Both his wrists were found to be slit and there were severe injuries on his head. He died of skull injuries and excessive bleeding, said the preliminary autopsy report.
The police have detained six persons in connection with the incident.
According to the police, Ananthu and his friends had picked up a fight with a local gang during a temple festival at Konchiravila two days ago. The gang was suspected to have exacted revenge by kidnapping and torturing him to death, officials said.
The investigating team has found blood stains all over the spot where his body was lying. The accused were under the influence of narcotics when they committed the crime, the police said.
A manhunt has been launched for the remaining suspects, said city police commissioner Sanjay Kumar Gurudin.