A 19-year-old engineering college student, who was allegedly kidnapped for a ransom of Rs. 5 lakh, was found dead near Thirubhuvanam in Kumbakonam (Tamil Nadu) yesterday. Munthazir, a second-year student at a private college, had told his mother that he was going to visit his sister, the police said. A few hours later, his mother received a ransom call demanding Rs. 5 lakh. The alleged kidnapper called the victim's mother and told her that her son had been abducted and demanded ransom money to release him, the police said. Munthazir's mother lodged a complaint following which police tried to contact the boy, but found his phone switched off. This morning, the student was found dead with his throat slit near a channel in nearby Thirubhuvanam.