10-year-old boy kid­napped from Powai, killed by dis­tant rel­a­tive

Ac­cused Took Boy Out To Play, Watch Movie Be­fore Mur­der

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - V.Narayan@ times­group.com

Mum­bai: A 10-year-old boy from Powai was kid­napped and killed by a dis­tant rel­a­tive on Sun­day. But strangely, the ac­cused claimed he thought of de­mand­ing Rs 2.5 lakh from the vic­tim Ritesh Singh’s fa­ther, but the boy was killed with­out any ran­som de­mand be­ing made. The ac­cused, Amar Singh (20), claimed he got scared and killed the boy af­ter the vic­tim’s fa­ther called to ask about his son’s where­abouts.

The Class III stu­dent went miss­ing af­ter he stepped out of his Powai res­i­dence in Tunga vil­lage on Sun­day, with Amar, at around 2pm. The vic­tim’s fa­ther Babloo (37), an elec­tri­cian, said Amar was a dis­tant rel­a­tive who fre­quently vis­ited the fam­ily in Powai. “Amar is closely known to me and hails from the same vil­lage in UP. He never even made a ran­som call be­fore killing my son. He didn’t give me a chance to save my son,” Babloo said.

He said Amar came to their house on Sun­day af­ter­noon and took Ritesh to play in the neigh­bour­hood. The fam­ily started search­ing for Ritesh only af­ter 5pm. “At around 7.30pm I called Amar on his mo­bile and asked about my son’s well be­ing. I think it is af­ter my call he killed my son,” Babloo said. Amar told Babloo he had left the boy near Valmiki Tem­ple in Powai in the af­ter­noon and had reached Bhayan­der.

Po­lice said the vic­tim once got sus­pi­cious and tried to run away, but Amar took him into con­fi­dence and said he wanted to show him a movie and took him to Bhayan­der where they watched a film. Later he took the boy to a friend Lalu Singh’s (21) fab­ri­ca­tion shop, nearby. “Minutes af­ter the vic­tim’s fa­ther’s call, Amar and Lalu killed the boy in the fab­ri­ca­tion shop,” Powai po­lice said. They smashed his face with a boulder af­ter the mur- der and dumped the body at a se­cluded place in Bhayan­der (East).

On Mon­day morn­ing, Amar and Lalu ini­tially claimed they are un­aware about the boy’s where­abouts and set out to search for the boy with the fam­ily. “Amar ear­lier worked in the same fab­ri­ca­tion shop where he killed the boy. He was tracked down af­ter po­lice went through the call data record of the ac­cused,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer.

The duo has been booked un­der the In­dian Pe­nal Code sec­tions 34 (com­mon in­ten­tion), 302 (mur­der), 363 (kid­nap) and 364 (kid­nap­ping or ab­duct­ing in or­der to mur­der). They have been re­manded to po­lice cus­tody for seven days.

Po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mo­tive be­hind the crime. Amar has claimed he wanted to de­mand a ran­som but pan­icked, and also stated his fa­ther had a long­stand­ing quar­rel with Ritesh’s fa­ther, but po­lice were yet to be­lieve any of the claims.

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