Killer spends a month with child’s body
A DELHI man allegedly murdered a seven-year-old boy and spent over a month in a room with the body and dead rats, police said on Tuesday.
Whenever neighbours complained about the foul smell, the 27-year-old would blame it on the rodents and throw out one of the carcasses in their presence to satisfy their curiosity.
The accused has been identified as Avadesh Kumar, a resident of northwest Delhi’s Swaroop Nagar area, and a distant relative of the victim. He had fallen out with the child’s parents and wanted revenge while also looking to extort money from them. Kumar put the child’s body in a suitcase inside the room and also killed a few rats and place them around to camouflage the stink.
The kid, Aditya (name changed), went missing on January 7 around 6pm. Kumar killed him within a few minutes. Aditya’s parents had registered missing complaint at Swaroop Nagar police station and Kumar accompanied them without any fear to avoid falling in the ambit of suspects.
“During investigation, police teams examined all the CCTV camera footage, took help of local surveillance but did not get any solid lead,” said Aslam Khan, DCP of northwest district.
Kumar was very confident in his statement to police. The needle of suspicion turned towards him when a neighbour informed cops about the stench emanating from his room.
“We were treating it as a missing case till the neighbour mentioned the dead rat angle which struck the investigating officers. When Kumar was initially asked to clarify, he gave the same excuse and mentioned that rats exist in large numbers in the area and some often die in his room,” Khan said.
“The explanation of Kumar failed to satisfy investigators. We decided to search his room. The accused picked up a dead rat lying near the suitcase before the police personnel. As the foul smell was very high near the bag, the cops asked Kumar to open it. He kept on harping on the rats but his lie was caught as soon as the suitcase was opened and Aditya’s decomposed body was found,” the DCP said.
Kumar initially lived with the victim’s parents and also helped run their business. He tried to charm them
Accused Avadesh Kumar (above) hid the body of Aditya (L) in a suitcase for a month.