The local police have sent the 17-year-old son of fire officer A.P. Singh and his younger brother (14) to a juvenile court in Meerut.
On Thursday the Ghaziabad Police officially said Sandeep Singh (name changed), the younger brother of Hemant Singh (21), was the main accused in Hemant’s murder. Police said his younger brother had helped him dispose off the eldest brother’s body.
The murder took place at the official residence of A.P. Singh inside the Ghanta Ghar Police Station premises on Monday.
The two minor boys had disposed off Hemant’s body in the Hindon canal and had used their father’s car in the process. The police had earlier mentioned Sandeep’s age to be over 18 years.
“Both the accused are below 18 years as per their school certificates. We will now conduct DNA profiling to ascertain their exact age. Sandeep did not know how to drive the car, so he called up his younger bother to help,” SP (city) Rahul Yadvendu said.
The police are yet to recover the victim’s body, mattresses, bed sheets and mobile phone related with the murder.
“A steamer, 24 divers from private-agencies and a Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) team have been deployed to search the missing body and other evidence,” the SP added.
Meanwhile, A.P. Singh has been served a notice to vacate the official residence and may face departmental inquiry, as the murder took place inside the flat allotted to him during service.