The Mankhurd police station on Sunday night arrested a 24-year-old man for allegedly killing an eight-year-old boy in his home two days ago. The police said that the accused, who was dating the boy’s elder sister, sneaked into her house on Friday night and killed the boy because he felt he would spill the beans to his parents.
Maqsood Sheikh (8) was found bleeding from his mouth and unconscious on Saturday morning after the family woke in their home in Sathe Nagar in Mankhurd. The family rushed Maqsood to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. Police said the family initially suspected Nadeem Shaikh, an unemployed man staying in the same area, who was in a relationship with the 17-year-old daughter, which they did not approve of.
Maqsood lived with his parents and five siblings. He and his family had gone to attend a relative’s wedding earlier last week. Maqsood returned home early with his siblings, two younger brothers and an older sister, while the rest of the family was to follow later, the police said.
“After the three boys had fallen asleep, Nadeem entered their home through the back door to meet the girl. Maqsood woke up. Nadeem feared that Maqsood would tell his parents about him and he strangled the boy to death,” said sub-inspector Sanjay Mali.
Mali said that the involvement of Maqsood’s sister in the murder was also being probed. “We are yet to question her,” he said.
Shaikh was arrested on Sunday night from his home in Sathe Nagar and has allegedly confessed to killing Maqsood. While in police custody, Nadeem would also be subjected to a brain mapping test to determine the involvement of any others in the murder, said Mali.