Gurugram man smothers minor boy to death for watching TV in his room
A 20-year-old man was arrested for allegedly killing a boy on the premises of a private wood-cutting mill near Lotus Garden in Gadoli Khurd on Pataudi Road near Sector 37. The police said the accused was angry with the victim as he allegedly trespassed into his room to watch television.
According to the police, the incident took place at 1.30am on Sunday when the deceased, Rahul Khan, (aged 14 or 15 according to the FIR), who had come to stay with his father at his workplace, was asleep. The police said the accused, Uday Mandal, broke the grille of the room where the boy was sleeping, using a steel rod, and allegedly smothered him using a pillow and a towel.
The police said he confessed to choking the victim, saying that the victim often used to break into the room (where he worked) to watch television despite his repeated warnings to him to not trespass. The two had allegedly fought over the issue a number of times, said the police.
“The suspect said that when he used to warn the victim, he was often rebuked and the boy misbehaved with him. So he killed him to exact revenge. The suspect does not have a criminal record,” said Sanjay Kumar, station house officer (SHO), Sector 10A police station.
The boy’s father, Imrat Khan, said in the police complaint that his son had been staying with him for over two months. “I have been working as a labourer at the mill for a year. Four days ago, Uday Mandal, who works at a firm in the neighbourhood, had fought with my son and had threatened to kill him. I went to my house in Nagina on May 18. The following morning, I received a call around 7 am informing that my son had been killed,” said Khan.
The police said on the complaint, a case was registered against the suspect under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code(IPC) at Sector 10A police station on Sunday. Kumar said Mandal was seen escaping in a CCTV footage procured from near the Lotus Garden in the vicinity of the crime spot.
“The suspect was arrested from Kapashera in Delhi on Sunday night after his location was traced. After the crime, he went to his room and changed his trousers. During interrogation, he said that he was planning to flee to his native town in Bihar, but he ran out of cash,” said SHO.
The victim’s father said, “Around 9.30pm on Saturday, my son had gone to the suspect’s place to watch TV and had fallen asleep after returning. I did not know there was a dispute related to watching television. He often used to watch TV at his place since I do not have a TV. My son was smothered and he was also beaten up with a sharp object,” said Imrat Khan.
Dr Deepak Mathur, a forensic expert, said that the autopsy revealed that the victim was smothered and that he also sustained a head injury.
The police said they have recovered the steel rod, pillow, pillow cover, towel and broken grille from the crime spot. The accused man was produced in the district court on Monday and sent to judicial custody, said the police. According to the police, the boy had dropped out of school. “The suspect had sustained some bruises on his neck and face when he was allegedly smothering the victim,” a police official privy to the investigation said, requesting anonymity.