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Jealousy drives man to murder 5-year-old stepson in Delhi

Mahesh allegedly took his stepson to a factory and threw him on the floor. He strangulated him later and buried the body under sacks, the police said.

delhi Updated: Jul 01, 2017 23:06 IST
HT Correspondent
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Press Trust of India
Mahesh felt that his wife gave all her attention to her son and she never devoted time to him, police said.
Mahesh felt that his wife gave all her attention to her son and she never devoted time to him, police said. (Shutterstock)

Upset for not getting attention from his wife, a man allegedly strangulated his five-year-old stepson in north-east Delhi’s Karawal Nagar on Sunday.

Police said the suspect, Mahesh (30), who has been arrested, took his stepson Arjun to a factory and strangled him to death. He then buried the child’s body under some sacks.

Mahesh was arrested on the same day from the Anand Vihar bus terminus. His wife Kiran found the child’s body and informed the police.

Kiran told police that this was her second marriage. She was earlier married to one Pratap with whom she had two sons-- a 10-year-old boy and Arjun. Her elder son stays with her ex-husband in West Bengal.

Arjun lived with Kiran, who married Mahesh around a year ago, police said.

In her complaint, Kiran said Mahesh got habitually drunk, beat her and abused her.

Mahesh told police that he felt that Kiran’s attention was completely on her son and she never devoted time to him.

He told police that Kiran would often remember her first husband and that enraged him. He planned to eliminate Arjun so that Kiran would only focus on him. He said that he wanted his own child.

According to police, on the day of the incident, Mahesh told Kiran around 6 am that he had to finish some household work and was taking Arjun along with him.

But he took Arjun to a nearby factory that was closed as it was a Sunday. He threw the child on the floor and after the child lost consciousness, he strangulated him.

Mahesh returned home and told Kiran that the child had gone missing. Later he fled after informing his maternal uncle’s son Rinku, who lives nearby, that he had killed Arjun and left the body in the factory.

Rinku called Kiran and informed her about the incident. Later Kiran rushed to the factory where she found the body of her son buried under some sacks. She informed the police and a case was registered.

First Published: Jun 27, 2017 18:21 IST