Boys kidnapped a nine-year-old neighbour and killed him in cold blood.- Displaying brutality far beyond their years, two boys, aged 16 and 17, kidnapped a nine-year-old neighbour in southwest Delhi's Dwarka and killed him in cold blood. The duo planned to get ransom from the family to fuel their fantasies of buying an expensive car to impress their girlfriends.
The boys told the victim Lalit Sehrawat, a student of Class III who was mad about dancing -that they would take him to a “dance party“, police said. An excited Lalit dressed up for the occasion on Sunday afternoon and went with the boys without telling his family where he was going.
Lalit was taken to a desolate spot where the boys strangled him and slit his throat, police said. They hid his body under debris at an abandoned EWS flats compound and returned home, waiting for matters to settle down before making the ransom call. “After hours of hunting, the victim's family approached the police. On questioning, it appeared Lalit had left his residence on Sunday around 5pm along with two older boys, saying that he was going to a party somewhere.Lalit's elder sister identified the main accused who was apprehended within an hour but initially acted innocent,“ said a senior police officer.
Like Lalit, the 16-year-old main accused lives in Pochanpur village in Dwarka. According to his family , Lalit was fond of danc ing and would often frequent parties with his friends in the locality . They said he usually kept the company of boys elder to him.
Lalit's father Pradeep Sehrawat said he had heard the boy talk to one of his friends over the phone. “I asked him who was on the line but he did not answer.He took a bath, wore clothes of his choice and left the house around 5pm. When he did not return till 8.30pm, we started asking the neighbours and local relatives,“ he said. “None of them had any clue about his whereabouts, so we started hunting for him around the locility . We even reached the accused's house but he feigned ignorence. We then lodged a missing complaint around 10.30pm,“ said Sehrawat, who drives a school van.
On Tuesday evening, the family got a call from the police saying that the body of a child matching Lalit's description had been found at an abandoned plot in the area. Pradeep, who had lost his first son to illness 10 years ago, said when they reached the spot, all his hopes of seeing his son again were washed away . “Lalit was my only son. I have a daughter elder to him. We never thought that two boys from our village would destroy our life. They were of suspect character and had earlier been apprehended by police for unlawful mischief,“ Sehrawat said.
“Lalit's mother is in shock and has not eaten since yesterday . She is not letting our daughter go out of sight even for a minute,“ he added.
Police said the accused kept making up stories for two days, trying to mislead them and prevent them from reaching his partner in crime, who is related to his sister. However, he finally broke down and revealed the location of the body and the name of his aide.
Source: Times of India