A four-year-old boy who had gone missing on July 11 was found dead in the water tank of a toilet in the APMC onion market on Friday evening.
The police suspect the boy was kidnapped by his father’s friend, Salim Khan, as he was last seen with him on the day he went missing. “When my son saw Salim on Saturday evening, he ran to him, calling him chacha. As I have known Salim for months, I left my son with him and went to get my mobile recharged. When I came back 10 minutes later, both of them were missing,” said the boy’s father, Bablu Alamdar Khan, an onion vendor. Bablu said Salim had come to collect money for a delivery. The police suspect he planned to kidnap the boy all along.
“I called up Salim. He said he will come back with my son. Half-an-hour later, when they did not return, I called Salim. This time, he said I will not get my son back and should forget about him. When I called him again, he told me he was going to his hometown in Uttar Pradesh,” Bablu said.
The police probe said the boy was strangulated with a plastic material four days ago. “The body was decomposed,” said Chandrasen Deshmukh, senior police inspector, Turbhe MIDC police station. The police’s suspicion on Salim rose when his roommate told them he saw Salim with a child at APMC market. A team has been sent to UP to find him.