More than three months after the gruesome death of 13-year-old boy Akash Sandeep Mahalungkar under mysterious circumstances in a village near Chakan, Pune rural police hunting for clues to crack the case are ready to conduct narco-analysis and polygraph tests on some of the suspects.
In his dying statement, the boy who sustained 100 per cent burns had told police that two persons had set him on fire.
Akash, a Class VII student who hailed from a farmer’s family in Koregaon Khurd village died of burn injuries at Sassoon General Hospital on the evening of January 4. Before he breathed his last, he told police that two unknown persons had set him on fire in the early hours of that day when he had gone to attend nature’s call up a small hillock behind his house in the farm, around 2 am.
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Police said that Akash had told them that two men wearing black clothes poured kerosene on him and set him on fire. The boy engulfed in flames ran down the hillock screaming.
The family members, hearing his screams, rushed in to help. With the help of a few neighbours, they doused the fire but by then Akash had sustained 100 per cent burn injuries.
Akash was taken to local public health centre and later to Sassoon General Hospital, where he died in the evening. The next day, police teams visited the hillock behind the house and found three bottles of kerosene—two filled and one empty—and a match box. The dog squad of police could not lead the probe team to to any substantial clues to work on.
Deputy superintendent of police (Pune Rural) Sanjay Patil said, “The family members of the deceased had given us names based on suspicion. We conducted a thorough probe, but could not get any concrete lead. We will use the narco-analysis and polygraph tests and some other modern techniques to get more clues.”
Police sources said some missing links in the case had made investigations difficult. Senior officers refused to throw more light on the missing links.