The 40-year-old mother and her paramour, who are being suspected to have killed the son of the former, are still at large although both Delhi and Pune police are hunting for them. The police teams looking for the couple in Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, among other cities, are yet to meet with any success.
Among things that are making the search cumbersome is that fact that the owner of the house where the couple stayed with the slain boy had failed to get the mandatory police verification of his tenants done. If done, the data would have readily provided police with details of the couples’ permanent residence, contact numbers and names of locals who knew them.
The body of 15-year-old Nicholas John was found buried inside the two-room residence of the couple at hamlet Bend Wasti at Phursungi in the city ouskirts on Sunday. The boy, as per the police, was murdered by the two on December 19 since when the couple have left the house and are now untraceable.
The body was exhumed and handed over to his grandfather, who was looking after the child before Varita fetched him to Pune, after the post-mortem procedure. Police are clueless about the motive of the murder.
“Teams have gone to places where we suspect the couple could be hiding. The viscera of the body has been sent to lab and the report is awaited. it will shed more light on the exact cause of death. So far, we haven’t met with any success,” said R N Mohite, Senior Police Inspector, Hadapsar police.
Asked about the house owners’ failure to comply with the police verification rule, Mohite said the area was remote and the house owners were not aware about the verification process.
“The family is not well educated and were not aware about the security procedures. The place is remote. It’s also not a residential society. It’s just a bunch of two three houses,” said Mohite.
Madhukar Harpale, the brother of the house owner Balasaheb Harpale, said they had demanded ID documents of Yunus Ali when he had sought to rent the two-room residence, but was told they were not carrying them and would furnish them at the soonest.
“A day after we found the house locked, we called up the man and told him we would immediately require the necessary documents if he wanted to stay at the house. He agreed to provide the documents after he returned to the place. He became incommunicado since then,” said Harpale.
As reported earlier, Nicholas who studied in IX standard at Sona Modern Public School at Khanpur in Delhi and stayed with his grandfather Joseph John, was brought to Pune by Varita and Ali in September 2015. He, if the neighbours of the family at Pune house are to be believed, led a hard life as he was made to work as a labourer with Ali.