Neighbour behind 6-year-old Batala boy’s ‘murder’

  • Vishal Sally, Hindustan Times, Batala
  • Updated: Oct 11, 2015 19:53 IST
Relatives consoling the mother of six-year-old Krishna at Batala on Saturday. (HT PHOTO)

Locals held a protest march against the alleged negligence of the police, which has failed to recover the body of the six-year-old boy, who was kidnapped and apparently murdered. A special investigation team has been set up to inquire into the case.

Raising slogans against the police, the locals alleged that on Friday night, the city police resorted to lathicharge and opened fire on them as they went to the police station to register their resentment.

IG (Border Range) Lok Nath Angra and DIG Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh on Saturday rushed to the town and heard the grievances of the family.

main accused on the run

Talking to mediapersons, Angra said the police had arrested six accused while another is at large. He said Krishna’s neighbour Heera, 18, was behind the crime. Due to his close ties with Krishna’s family, he used to pick and drop Krishna to school. On Thursday evening, when Krishna was playing near a temple, the accused took him on his motorcycle and later he, along with six others, offered him a soft drink laced with an intoxicant following which Krishna became unconscious.

The accused took him to Dhariwal in a car and were planning to make a ransom call to the family, but when they came to know that the police had been sounded, they threw the unconscious Krishna into a canal at Dhariwal. Later, Heera came to the boy’s house and engaged himself in a search operation to find the boy.

“Though we have arrested the six accused, main accused Heera is absconding. Our teams are raiding all possible hideouts and he will soon be arrested.”

The police claimed that Heera was into gambling and was in need of money.

Police, BSF teams looking for Krishna

Meanwhile, police and BSF teams are looking for Krishna in the canal. “Until we find the body, we can’t say the boy is dead,” IG Angra said.

A special investigation team was constituted under DIG (Border Range), Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, who will supervise the investigations.

A departmental inquiry has also been ordered into Friday night’s incident in which the police had resorted to firing in the air to disperse the mob holding agitation.

The IG said an inquiry had been initiated into the conduct of SHO Chandan Kumar.

On the complaint of Krishna’s father, Jeevan Bhatia, the city police had registered a case against seven people -- Rahul and Vicky, residents of Dhariwal; and Anil, Heera, Sunil, Sachin and Teepu, residents of Batala.

Local Congress MLA Ashwani Sekhri, along with district BJP president Suresh Bhatia, met the family. They claimed that had the police acted on time, Krishna could have been saved.

School pays homage

A condolence meeting was held on Saturday at Wood Blossom School, where Krishna studied in nursery class. Demanding strict action against the accused, the management, teachers and students took out a march.

His class teacher Rekha said Krishna was a talented boy. The management called off the school after a condolence meeting.

Batala boy, murder, lathicharge, Congress, Ashwani Sekhri, Wood Blossom School

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