The man, who shot dead a Class 6 boy for denying him passage on a Kanpur street on January 19 last, is a drug addict and was jittery for not being able to get his dose of smack on the fateful night.
Shah Alam killed Heera after he refused passage to him on Tuesday night. Alam was produced in court on Wednesday.
In his confession to the police, Chakeri resident Shah Alam, who was arrested on Wednesday, said he was wandering around looking for drug peddlers when he stumbled upon Heera, 14, fixing his cycle.
Alam got infuriated when Heera refused to make way for him and instead told him that there was enough space there already for him to pass.
At this, he took out his pistol and shot him five times and fled from TT Park in Barra area of Kanpur.
Alam was arrested in Akbarpur, Kanpur Dehat where he was in hiding since the day of killing.
Police said that he was arrested after one of his friends, with whom he had confided, shared the information with them.
“Alam has confessed to the crime; we have recovered his pistol that he buried near his house in Sanigawan area,” said Vishal Pandey, circle officer, Govind Nagar.
“His motorcycle too has also been recovered,” he said.
Heera’s death had sent shockwaves across the city on January 19 when he was found brutally murdered near TT Park gate. His bicycle was lying close by.
Since the place was desolated, the police were clueless about as to who could commit such a ghastly crime.
On Tuesday, the Akbarpur police infor med the Barra police about Alam putting up at a relative’s place. He’d been taken into custody, the Barra police were told.