A day after he went missing, the four-year-old son of a farmer was found murdered near his residence in Mutaina village of Dankaur on Wednesday morning. The police arrested two persons in this connection.
The boy, Prince, had gone missing from in front of his residence on Tuesday morning and the police had circulated his photographs on Facebook and WhatsApp to locate him. However, the boy’s body was found in a vacant plot near the residence.
“We had registered a case of murder against unidentified persons. The body had marks on his neck, indicating that the boy was strangled to death. The body has been sent for post-mortem examination, details of which are awaited,” Anil Pratap Singh, station house officer, Dankaur police station, said.
Police said they suspected personal rivalry behind the incident and had called half a dozen suspects for questioning. Two persons, who were arrested following the questioning, had had a fracas with the boy’s uncle over a personal issue and had abducted Prince, the police said.
“During the investigation, it was found that the boy’s uncle, Kuldeep, was having an illicit relationship with a woman named Kavita. However, she developed a relationship with another resident, Pramod. Last week, Pramod and Kavita had a fracas with Kuldeep. They told him to stay away from them and threatened him with dire consequences,” Singh said.
Police said that Kavita and Pramod confessed their role in the crime during questioning.
“The duo had abducted Kuldeep’s nephew on Tuesday morning, strangled him to death and dumped the body on a vacant plot. They said they had killed Prince to teach Kuldeep a lesson. They were arrested and sent to jail,” Singh said.
The father of the boy, Dharmendera, however, accused the police of a delay in probing the case. “The police didn’t search properly for him. Now, I want them to shoot his killers,” Dharmendra said.