A 12-year-old boy was allegedly abducted and knifed to death by his tuition-cum-school teacher.
Police found the victim’s body from the bed box at the teacher’s house but the alleged accused is missing.
The victim’s family had alerted the police on Monday afternoon when the minor did not return home from school.
Pushpendra Kumar and his sister Puja used to take tuitions from Virendra Pratap Singh (40), who was also a teacher at their school, Little Kingdom Public School in Mohan Nagar in Ghaziabad. After the victim’s father lodged a missing person’s complaint, a search was organised and police raided Singh’s one-room house around 8:30 p.m., nearly six hours after the abduction on Monday.
The Link Road police said the boy’s father Ravishankar Kumar, who works in a Delhi-based printing press, left with his son in the morning to drop him off at the school like always.
“But the teacher as well as Pushpendra were marked absent in the school,” said a case investigator who requested anonymity since he is not authorised to talk to media.
Police said the boy’s father started receiving calls from Singh claiming that he had paid someone Rs 20,000 to abduct his son.
“The accused said he wanted to speak to Puja but her father did not let him,” said a police officer.
On Sunday, the boy’s father had reprimanded the teacher for misbehaving with his daughter Puja. “The father didn't let Singh take his daughter to school on Monday because of that,” said the officer.
On searching Singh's house, police found the minor's body with his neck sliced inside the bed box.
Though the suspected murderer, Singh, was not at his house, the police also found the victim's school bag and books in the box.