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3-year-old boy bludgeoned to death at Amritsar village, accused held

The victim’s family alleged that the accused Jatinder Kumar ,45, of the same village is an occultist and the minor was killed to fulfil some supernatural rituals, however, police were yet to determine the motive behind the killing.

chandigarh Updated: Apr 29, 2019 08:31 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
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A man was arrested for bludgeoning a three-year-old boy to death in an abandoned house at Pandori Waraich village here on Sunday.

The victim’s family alleged that the accused Jatinder Kumar ,45, of the same village is an occultist and the minor was killed to fulfil some supernatural rituals, however, police were yet to determine the motive behind the killing. The accused is unmarried and had been living alone in the village for around two decades.

The boy was missing since Saturday afternoon. Police had registered a case under Section 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against some unidentified men on the complaint of the boy’s father Surjit Singh aka Sonu.

Surjit said, “On Saturday, at around 2 pm, my son went out to play on the nearby street. When Tejpal did not return home in the evening, my wife looked for him, but to no avail. I along with the other people of the village also launched a manhunt. When we could not find him, we lodged a complaint with the police.”

He said, “At late in the evening, we came to know that the accused, who has been practising superstitious rituals, had abducted my son after luring him. We informed the same to the police.”

Senior superintendent of police (SSP-rural) Vikramjeet Duggal said, “On Saturday night, we came to know that the accused was on his way to Jammu by a bus. We dispatched various teams to Jammu. We contacted the driver of the bus, in which the accused was travelling in. The driver helped the police and the accused was arrested before the bus could reach Jammu.”

He said, “After being held, the accused confessed to his crime and helped us recover the body of the three-year-old from an abandoned house of the village. The body was packed in a gunny bag. We have also recovered the crime weapon, a stick, from the spot. It seemed the boy’s head was bludgeoned with the stick.”

The SSP, however, said the accused was being interrogated and he was yet to disclose the motive for killing the boy. “Our investigation in on. The motive behind killing the minor will be known soon,” he said, adding that superstitious rituals could not be ruled out. He, however, denied suspicion of unnatural sex with the boy, as claimed by some villagers.

Police have included Section 302 (punishment for murder) in the case registered against the accused at Kambo police station.

First Published: Apr 28, 2019 22:16 IST