Ghaziabad: Two arrested for murdering boy, hiding body in Shaheed Nagar
The boy had an altercation with Abbas’s grandson, Innu, on the morning of June 5. He was filling up a balloon but it burst near Innu’s face, after which Jannati had allegedly threatened the victim, Sameer. He went missing on the evening of the same day, the police said.noida Updated: Jun 12, 2017 22:11 IST
The Ghaziabad police on Monday arrested two of the five who are accused of abducting and murdering an 11-year-old boy, whose body was found in a pit inside the house of the accused in Shaheed Nagar.
The duo, Abbas, 55, and Jannati, 50, are accused of murder, abduction, criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence.
The boy had an altercation with Abbas’s grandson, Innu, on the morning of June 5. He was filling up a balloon but it burst near Innu’s face, after which Jannati had allegedly threatened the victim, Sameer. He went missing on the evening of the same day, the police said.
“The two were arrested for the boy’s murder. As per investigation, Jannati and her son Sajid are the prime accused in the case. The other family members, also accused of similar charges, are presently on the run. They will be nabbed soon. A day after killing and burying the body in their house, the family members also sought help from the elders of their community,” said Akash Tomar, superintendent of police (city).
On June 6, Abbas and his family went to a panchayat in nearby Pasonda and allegedly discussed killing and burying the boy’s body in their house. However, no one supported them and told them that it was a ‘heinous crime’ they had performed during the Ramzan period, sources said.
“Some of those who participated in the panchayat also informed the police, which helped us nab the two accused,” Tomar said.
After the incident, Abbas sent his sons and the women in the family to their relative’s residence. He ran a cardboard making workshop in front of his house but had also asked the daily wagers who worked for him not to attend work. The 2.5-foot deep pit was covered with a cardboard sheet.
The police said that Jannati had previously locked the victim inside her residence over a year ago over some mischief committed by the boy and was released only upon the intervention of the boy’s family.
The victim is the youngest of six siblings — two brothers and four sisters. The victim’s father runs a small tailor shop that specialises in stitching school uniforms in Gandhi Nagar area of Delhi.
However, the accused gave a different account of the incident and claimed innocence.
“We found the boy’s body on the roof of our house. I told my husband to inform the police but he did not do so. Later, all of us decided to break the cemented floor of the workshop and bury his body in the pit. We did this out of fear; we did not murder him,” Jannati said.
The post-mortem report of the body stated that the boy was strangled and sustained severe injuries to his head and near his ear.