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Toddler smashed to death

india Updated: Feb 24, 2009 23:51 IST
Sanjeev K. Ahuja
Sanjeev K. Ahuja
Hindustan Times
Toddler smashed to death

In an appalling act of cruelty, a 27-year old man allegedly smashed the head of a one-and-a-half year old boy to the ground, killing him because the toddler touched his new motorcycle. The child died on the spot before his mother could rush to rescue him.

Devi Lal was arrested and remanded into judicial custody for 14 days by a local court. The father of two young children told police he was driven out of his senses and turned mad when he saw the child touching his new motorcycle.

Murdered child Sahil's father Salim Khan is an auto rickshaw driver who lives with his family in a rented hutment constructed by Lal in village Jharhsali in Faridabad.

The incident occurred on Sunday evening when Lal, who had recently purchased a Bajaj Discover motorcycle from a local showroom, parked his vehicle near the hutments rented out to the construction workers, rickshaw pullers and auto drivers.

“One-and-half-year old Sahil was one of the many other children playing around the hutments and he happened to touch the parked motorbike. Devi Lal, standing nearby, got furious. He grabbed Sahil by his legs, lifted him in the air and smashed his head against the ground repeatedly. The child died almost immediately, before his mother could rush to his rescue," said the investigating officer, Preet Pal of Sector 55 police station.

Salim Khan reported the matter to the police. Sahil was one of three sons; the others are three-and-a-half and five.

IO Pal said Lal had no criminal background and farming was his profession. He had also constructed hutments that were rented out to people like Salim Khan. “Lal would visit the hutments earlier also and take the same child in his lap.He told us he did not know what drove him to act so strangely and get inhumane.

When asked whether the accused was drunk at the time of the crime, Preet Pal said though Lal was a habitual drinker, there were no signs of him being inebriated at the time.