The body of a minor boy was on Tuesday found stuffed in a suitcase from an apartment in north west Delhi's Swaroop Nagar, following which the tenant was arrested for allegedly killing him, the police said.
Awadhesh Shakya (27), a civil services aspirant, was arrested on Tuesday morning after recovery of body of seven-year-old boy, who had gone missing for over a month, a police officer said.
The boy was missing since January 7 and a complaint was lodged in this regard, the police said.
During interrogation, the accused told the police that the boy's father, Karan Singh, was opposed to his fondness towards Shakya for which he killed the minor. Shakya wanted to dispose off the body and demand ransom from the boy's father, the police officer said.
The police said the accused was Singh’s tenant for three years. “He grew friendly with Singh and his family. A few months ago, he shifted to another house in the same locality and would visit Singh’s house occasionally. However, Singh objected to Shakya meeting his son,” a police officer said, reported The Indian Express.
On January 7, police said the boy went to Shakya’s house to get a bicycle that he had promised him for his birthday. “He told the accused that his father had asked him to stay away from him. Shakya grew angry and allegedly smothered the child with a muffler. He then stuffed the body in a suitcase,” the officer said.
The accused, however, was forced to keep the body at his place due to intensified police patrol in the area.
(With PTI inputs)