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Murder at madrasa: Police say teen boy killed victim as he ‘didn’t want to study’

Police said the teenager had come to study at the madrasa seven months ago and attempted to escape on at least two occasions.

Police said they summoned the juvenile for questioning in the presence of his parents and after sustained interrogation for two days. (File Photo)

Six days after the decomposed body of an 11-year-old boy was found in a mosque on the premises of a madrasa in Nuh district, police on Sunday apprehended a teenager for the crime. Police said that a preliminary probe has found the teenager allegedly killed the victim as he did not want to study at the madrasa, and hoped a “big incident” would lead to it being shut so he could go home.

Police said the teenager had come to study at the madrasa seven months ago and attempted to escape on at least two occasions. An officer said, “He said he had no interest in studies. His repeated attempts to escape had failed as his parents would bring him back. He said he had been troubled due to this for several days. So, he planned to kill a student and hoped suspicion would fall on someone older.”

Police said they found during their probe that on the evening of September 3 (Saturday), he allegedly took the victim to a small room inside the mosque on the pretext of playing and allegedly hit his head against the wall. Police said that as the boy fell unconscious, he allegedly punched his nose. He then allegedly strangled him and blocked his nose, before putting some sand and plywood on him, said police.

Superintendent of Police (Nuh) Varun Singla said that after the incident, the juvenile stayed at the madrasa, hoping that news of the murder would cause outrage and his parents would come get him.

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“He hoped that once the body is discovered, the madrasa would shut down and all the children studying there would be sent home. He had packed his bags and was ready to leave. On the day the body was found (September 5 morning), his father arrived but refused to take him back; he told him to stay there and focus on studies,” said SP Singla.

Police said that over the next two days, on September 6 and 7, as several police teams including the SP visited the madrasa for investigation, the juvenile got scared. “As police continued to visit the premises and questioned some students, he got worried… when his father visited him for a second time on September 8, he confided in him that he had committed the murder. His father then told a village elder, who advised him to disclose the matter to the police,” said the SP.

Police said that they had identified six suspects and were questioning them. Police said they summoned the juvenile in the presence of his parents and after sustained questioning for two days (Friday and Saturday), he confessed to the crime and was apprehended on Sunday morning.

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“The probe was earlier headed in a different direction; we had questioned six suspects including staff at the madrasa. After the juvenile’s father informed the police, we started questioning him,” said SP Nuh.

“He claimed he had told his parents several times that he did not want to continue studying there, but they forced him to stay. Our probe found that he allegedly zeroed in on the 11-year-old boy as the latter was gullible and easily influenced. They also got along and played together. His reasoning was that he could lure him to the room on the pretext of playing. He also planned the crime on Saturday as fewer people congregate near the mosque that day as compared to Friday, and no one visited that room on Saturday,” said SP Nuh.

Police said the juvenile was sent to an observation home on Sunday.

First published on: 11-09-2022 at 07:57:53 pm
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