Man kills six-year-old boy for ran­som, says he ‘ogled’ at wife

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - REGION - Shiv Sunny shiv.sunny@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDELHI: A man al­legedly killed a six-year-old boy in south Delhi’s Okhla for peep­ing at his wife while she bathed, po­lice said on Fri­day when the crime came to light af­ter the child’s rot­ting body was dis­cov­ered.

Po­lice have ar­rested the boy’s 19-year-old neigh­bour, Ro­hit Prasad, and are try­ing to de­ter­mine if the mo­tive of the mur­der was any­thing else. The vic­tim’s fam­ily and other neigh­bours said the child was shy and would not do the things the sus­pect said.

Romil Baaniya, DCP (south­east), said Prasad also ad­mit­ted to hold­ing a grudge against the boy’s fa­ther. “Ro­hit said he mur­dered the boy also to avenge the scold­ing by his fa­ther. We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing if this was the pri­mary mo­tive,” said Baaniya.

“Ro­hit said that the boy used to peep through the hole in the bath­room wall as his wife would bathe and would pass lewd re­marks at her. On Wed­nes­day, he hit the child who started bleed­ing af­ter his head struck the bed. Ro­hit pan­icked, tied the child’s mouth with a cloth and stuffed his body in his bed box,” the DCP added.

A res­i­dent of JJR Camp in Okhla Phase-2, Prasad mar­ried a year ago. “His wife moved in with him around four months ago and he was ob­sessed about his im­pres­sion in front of her,” said Man­war Devi, a neigh­bour.

The boy lived with his par­ents and sib­lings in the same neigh­bour­hood. His fa­ther is a small­time con­trac­tor who pro­vided work to Prasad’s mother and oth­ers in his fam­ily in the past.

The boy went miss­ing around 4 pm on Wed­nes­day. His rel­a­tives, neigh­bours and po­lice searched for him but could not trace him. Neigh­bours said Prasad led some of the searches, os­ten­si­bly to avoid sus­pi­cion.

It was around 9.30 am on Fri­day that neigh­bours sensed a foul smell from a room owned by the sus­pect. His fam­ily owned three rooms and this one re­mained mostly un­used.

“The stench ap­peared to be from the stor­age box of the bed in the room. We got it opened and a plas­tic sack im­me­di­ately sprang out. The miss­ing boy’s face and hand were pop­ping out of the sack. His mouth was tied with a black cloth,” said Radha, a neigh­bour.

Prasad was miss­ing ini­tially and his phone switched off but po­lice found him hid­ing un­der a bed on the ter­race min­utes later.

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