3 juveniles held for killing 15-yr-old

3 juveniles held for killing 15-yr-old

Class 4 boy was first strangled, then his head smashed to conceal his identity

A 15-year-old boy was allegedly strangled by three juveniles on Sunday night in northeast Delhi’s Harsh Vihar. After the death, his head was smashed in a bid to conceal his identity. The three accused were apprehended on Tuesday evening, police said.

“The three accused were known to the victim. However, the motive of the murder is being investigated,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (North East) Veenu Bansal.

A student of a nearby private school, the victim was studying in class 4, said his father Bhoora. He went missing on Sunday evening.

“After having his dinner around 8 pm, bhai went outside for a walk, and didn’t return. Our whole family searched him the entire night everywhere, but couldn’t find him,” said Ruksar, victim’s sister.

“In the morning, we went to the police station to lodge a missing complaint, but the policemen asked us to wait till evening. The whole Monday afternoon we searched him but without any success,” she added.

Then around 4.30 pm, a relative of the family called the victim’s father and told him that a body suspected to be of his son’s was lying near Jail Road.

“I came running from the mandi (market), praying that the relative’s words prove wrong and the body turns out to be of someone else. When I reached the spot, I saw a crowd there with policemen trying to restrain them from going near the body,” said Bhoora.

“I was asked to identify the body, and a glimpse was enough to identify my son. I was numbed,” he added.

Big dreams
Bhoora wanted his son to get good education where he could learn to “speak in English”.
“My son was studying in a government school till class 5. However, I felt that he was not learning skills necessary to become a successful person. So I spoke to a private school principal and requested him for admission,” Bhoora remembered.

“I checked the boy and felt that he was not good enough to study in the school. Still I didn’t want to disappoint his father. So I told him if he was willing to allow his son to take admission in class 1, I would let him in,” said Laleet Chauhan, principal of the victim’s school.

The boy began a new chapter of his academic life in a private school where his classmates were five-six years younger to him.

“I told the principal I didn’t mind if he is behind his classmates in age, but I want that he should learn things and become a successful person in life,” Bhoora added.

A family with four sons and three daughters, he was the eldest of all.

“He was a very good person that’s why people from every house in the colony have arrived here to mourn his death,” said Ruksar.

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