The recovery of the body of a six-year-old boy, stuffed inside a suitcase on the outskirts of Kolkata, has sent shockwaves across the city.
Sheikh Akram had gone missing from his Topsia Road residence on Nov 12. His body was found at the edge of a pond next to the busy Eastern Metropolitan Bypass.
"There were burn marks all over Akram's body, recovered on Thursday. It appears he was tortured and suffocated to death before the body was put in the suitcase," police said.
Local reports said police have already detained one person on the basis of suspicion and also got hold of some vital clues about the boy's killers.
"Akram went out of the house to play with his friends. But when I tried to fetch him he was not there and I immediately informed my husband," said the boy's mother Sehnaz Begum.
Akram's father Sheikh Janu, a carpenter, combed the entire area but failed to trace his son. Then he went to the police.
The police said some residents of the area, where the body was found first, spotted the suitcase near a pond.
A police team opened the suitcase and found the child's body inside. The address of the victim was written on a piece of paper found in the suitcase.
Residents of the area where the victim lived have threatened to organise a roadblock if the boy's killers are not arrested within 24 hours.