IAS as­pi­rant used dead rats to mask stench of boy’s body

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NATION - Shiv Sunny shiv.sunny@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: From col­lect­ing ‘ev­i­dence’ to sug­gest­ing names of ‘sus­pects’ who may have kid­napped a seven-year-old miss­ing boy, po­lice said that Avad­hesh Sakya worked “in­tel­li­gently” to keep the nee­dle of sus­pi­cion away from him.

Sakya, 27, was ar­rested from his home in north Delhi’s Nathupura on Tues­day for al­legedly killing the boy, Ashish Saini, and hiding his body in a bed box for 37 days.

As­lam Khan, DCP (north­west), at­trib­uted the mo­tive to Sakya’s ha­tred for the boy’s par­ents and his de­sire to ex­tract ran­som from them. Po­lice are also prob­ing Sakya’s re­la­tion­ship with the women in Ashish’s fam­ily and if that had any­thing to do with the mur­der.

An MSc in Physics and a na­tive of Etah, in Ut­tar Pradesh, Sakya told po­lice he had ap­peared for his civil ser­vices ex­am­i­na­tion thrice, clear­ing the pre­lim­i­nary stage on two oc­ca­sions.

But for Ashish’s fam­ily, most lo­cals of Nathupura, Sakya was a “se­nior of­fi­cer with the Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI)”. “He would some­times say he works for the In­tel­li­gence Bureau.

At other times, he said he was with the In­come Tax depart­ment. In Jan­uary, he said he had be­come a CBI of­fi­cer and would be tak­ing up the job on Fe­bru­ary 12. He said he had been given a bun­ga­low, a car, and a gun. He spoke flu­ent English and was ed­u­cated and con­fi­dent. We be­lieved him,” said Ashish’s fa­ther, Karan Saini.

The “aura” he cre­ated around him­self came handy when po­lice be­gan search­ing for Ashish, hours after he went miss­ing around 5.30pm on Jan­uary 7.

Ashish had left his un­cle’s home around 5.15pm and was cap­tured by a CCTV cam­era near Sakya’s home at 5.17pm.

Ac­cused Sakya

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