An eight-year-old boy was allegedly sexually assaulted and murdered by two juveniles in Madurai, police said on Wednesday.
The two students, students of Class Xth, were detained on Tuesday night and booked under relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
The incident came to light after the body of the boy, who was missing since July 24, was spotted at a site near a bridge at Muniyadapuram village, police said.
The victim’s father, a filling station employee, had registered a complaint of missing on July 25 that his son had gone missing while playing in front his house.
Investigations revealed that the victim was last seen with the two students, who kidnapped and sexually assaulted him and then murdered him by slitting his throat, police said.
The teenagers then dumped his body near the bridge and fled, police said.