The Moti Nagar police have arrested the accused in connection with the cold blood murder of a six-year-old boy in the Jeewan Nagar area. The accused confessed that he also attempted to kill father of the deceased.
The accused, Raja Shah, who had fled to Bihar after the killing to avoid arrest came back to Ludhiana to collect money from borrowers. He had planned to flee from the city after collecting cash. Meanwhile, the police arrested him from Dhandhari area on Monday, following a tip-off.
The police also recovered a small kitchen knife from his possession that he had used in the killing.
Giving this information, additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP), city-4, Swapan Sharma said Raja Shah had abducted and murdered his six-year-old nephew Sandeep Shah to take revenge from his alleged paramour. He then dumped the body in his rented accommodation. After committing the crime, the accused had telephoned Sukhdev Shah, father of the deceased, asking him to take the body of Sandeep from his room.
Sukhdev Shah had lodged a complaint of murder against Raja Shah, who is husband of his sister.
The ADCP said Raja Shah had illicit relations with the mother of the deceased. He used to pressurise her to live with him, but she refused. Sukhdev Shah was also aware of the fact and had a verbal feud with the accused on the matter a few days back.
The accused told the police that to take revenge, he decided to kill Sukhdev Shah and for it he had invited the latter for having drinks and conspired to kill him, but Sukhdev turned down his invitation.
On December 3, Raja Shah abducted Sandeep Kumar and took him to his rented room. He slit the throat of the child with a small kitchen knife and fled the spot. On December 5, the family recovered the body from his room.
The ADCP said hailing from Madhopur in Muzzafarpur, Bihar, the accused had fled to his native place. He ran out of money, so he came back on Monday to get money from borrowers. As he came to the Dhandhari area, the police arrested him.
“The accused was a notorious character. He had divorced his wife and solemnised second marriage with her younger sister. He had a son and two daughters from his second marriage. His family lives in Bihar,” said the ADCP.