Killer spends a month with child’s body

Mail Today - - NEWS - By Ajay Ku­mar in New Delhi

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.

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