The two minor boys caught on Thursday for allegedly murdering an Uber taxi driver failed to convince investigators why they carried a revolver while going to visit a friend in Najafgarh.
Investigators suspect the teens planned to use the revolver and commit a crime. They said it is possible that the boys shot dead Kuldeep Thakur (50) to rob him of his cash, valuables and new taxi.
The boys, however, maintained that they kept the gun for fun. They claimed that they killed Thakur in a fit of rage over an argument about making fun of the names of each other’s natives.
“They had no reasonable answer to why they took the risk of driving Thakur’s taxi for almost 12 kilometres after dumping his body in a paddy field. There were blood stains inside the vehicle and they would have been caught by the police at any picket,” said an investigating officer.
Both Class-11 students at a private school live with their families in Roshanpura near Najafgarh.
One of them, aged 16 years, is the son of a local criminal allegedly involved in a 2011 murder case. “The boy told us that he (his father) was a security officer with the Nizam of Hyderabad’s grandson. His claims are being verified, though we learnt he frequented Hyderabad recently,” said the officer. He said they were trying to trace the father as well. He also claimed the revolver was his father’s. Police are yet to seize the revolver, which they believe the father took along with him when he fled.
“He is probably trying to shield himself and his son... Being a habitual offender, it was impossible for him to get a valid gun licence in Delhi,” the officer said.
The other boy’s family cooperated and the accused didn’t have a previous criminal record, said police.