Five held for sodomising, killing 2 boys in east Delhi

Five drunkards have been arrested for killing two young boys in a jungle in east Delhi’s Sangam Vihar three days ago. 

The five men had sodomised the boys before smashing their faces with stones and slicing them with blades, police said on Thursday. 

The accused had initially intended to rob the boys, but a search of their pockets had revealed nothing. 

When the men learnt that the boys lived in a locality close to theirs, they decided to eliminate them for the fear of being identified. But before that, the five took turns to sodomise the boys, aged eight and 10, police claimed.

The bodies were found at 10.30 pm in a forest near Sangam Vihar’s Harijan Basti, where the victims lived. 

Their families had approached police and also launched a search for the boys who had gone missing since Monday afternoon. A sweater of one of the victims had led the search party to the bodies.

 They were found in a semi-naked condition with their faces disfigured. The boys had gone to the forest to collect wood to use in a bonfire.  The area was also frequented by the five accused men who loved to cook and drink in the forests.

On the day of the crime too, the accused had visited the forest carrying alcohol, raw chicken, a pressure cooker and other utensils to enjoy a feast. 

“As they were drinking, they noticed the boys and decided to rob them but found nothing on them. One of them happened to ask the boys where they lived. On realising that they belonged to the same area, they decided that it would be unsafe for them if the boys were allowed to go,” police said.

Police had registered a case and begun investigations. Initially, they had no clues, but by Wednesday they learnt that the jungle was frequented by some drunkards and drug addicts. 

Some 50 such people in the area were questioned. The names of a few suspects came up in the process, but raids at their houses and possible hideouts revealed them to be absconding. 

The first success came on Thursday morning with the arrest of Vivek Kumar, 22. He led police to the hideouts of the four other accused, all 28 years old.

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