Two Agra boys held for sweet shop owner's murder
Two teenaged employees of an Agra sweetmeat seller have been arrested for his murder on New Year's Day. They told the police they hit the man in self-defence when he was trying to sodomise them.
The two boys, aged 14 and 15, surrendered to the MM Gate police station on Saturday, while one of their partners is absconding.
Both confessed to the police they murdered their employer, petha shop-owner Ajay Kumar Gupta of Noori Gate.
On the night of the murder, an inebriated Gupta forced the three boys to drink liquor and later took them to Sanjay Place dhaba for dinner.
After dinner, all of them returned to the shop, where Gupta forced one of them to take off his underclothes. The other two struggled to free their partner from Gupta's clutches.
One boy picked up an iron rod and hit Gupta on the head, while another took a knife and stabbed Gupta, killing him on the spot.
The three fled to Delhi and then Chandigarh, carrying Gupta's mobile phone and some cash. Meanwhile, the police picked up their relatives from a village in Khairagarh tehsil.
"The minor boys have been sent to jail and after medical examination they would be sent to a remand home as their past record is not suggestive of any criminal intent," said Superintendent of Police Prem Narain.