The owner of the car in which two boys were found dead in Badlapur on May 30, and his father, were produced in the Ulhasnagar court on Friday.
The court remanded Vilas Lokhande, 23, and his father Ratan Lokhande, 46, to judicial custody.
The bodies of the two boys, Ravishankar, 10, and Shivshankar Jaiswal, 8, were found in a semi-decomposed state in the Maruti Zen car belonging to the Lokhandes almost 24 hours after they went missing.
The car was parked very close to their home.
Inspector Vijay Kumar Bagal said it was still a mystery how the boys had entered the car. “We have recorded the statements of the neighbours, parents of the boy, the boy who first saw the bodies and raised an alert, and the owner of the car and his father. We have come to the conclusion that it was a case of negligence. If the car door on the driver’s side was not open, the boys would not have been able to enter, so we have filed a case against the owners under section 304 (negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Vilas Lokhande told the police that he had purchased the second-hand car 15 days back, and that his father Ratan had gone on a test drive, after which he forgot to lock the car door.
Bagal said the boys must have entered the unlocked car for some fun, but got locked inside because the car had a central locking system. He said nobody initially noticed they were trapped inside because the car was sandwiched between two other vehicles.
Bagal also said the doctors from JJ Hospital had informed them after the post-mortem that they had preserved the viscera and would be able to give an opinion on the cause of death only after visiting the site of the incident.