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Lucknow boy kills mother for not letting him play online game, hides body for two days

Police officials said that the boy killed his mother on Sunday morning around 3 am, then hid her body in a room and threatened his younger sister to not tell anyone.

Police said that the boy was addicted to video games, as per preliminary probe. (Representational image)

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy allegedly shot his mother using the licensed pistol of his father, who is in the Army, because she stopped him from playing “online games like PubG” — and then hid her body inside their house in Lucknow for three days using room freshener to mask the smell, according to UP Police.

The police said the boy allegedly killed his mother in her sleep around 3 am on Sunday. He allegedly threatened his 10-year-old sister that he would kill her if she told anyone about the murder, police said. The boy has been sent to a juvenile home.

“On Tuesday, around 9 pm, the police got information that a woman had been killed after being shot. At the spot, we questioned people. It became clear that the woman’s son had committed the crime. In the preliminary probe, we have found that this boy was addicted to online games like PubG and the mother stopped him due to which he committed the crime. He used his father’s licensed pistol,” said Lucknow ADCP (East Zone) Qasim Abdi.

“To mislead us, he said that an electrician, who came to their house, committed the crime. But when we asked him for details of the electrician, we found that it was a fake story. We have detained the boy and further action is underway,” Abdi said.

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According to the police, the boy’s father is currently posted outside the state. “The father’s brother lives nearby with the boy’s grandmother but they had no idea about the incident,” an officer said.

“On Sunday evening, the mother and son had an argument after some money went missing. She accused him of stealing the money, which was found later. He felt that he had been unfairly accused. He was already unhappy with his mother for stopping him from using the mobile phone to play games. He took his father’s pistol from the cupboard and shot his mother in the head,” ADCP Abdi said.

“For two days, he did not tell anyone, and got his sister food from outside. He threatened to kill her if she told anyone. He used room freshener to mask the smell,” Abdi said.

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“The mother and daughter were sleeping when he shot her. The daughter woke up after hearing the gunshot but he threatened her. The girl is now with her grandparents and father. The smell in the house was unbearable because the body had decomposed,” the officer said.

“The pistol was registered in the name of the husband and wife. We have recovered it. The boy’s mobile phone, laptop and other gadgets from the house have been sent for analysis,” the officer said.

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According to Abdi, when the father dialled the mother’s number on Tuesday evening, the son narrated the “same electrician story”. “The father called his relatives and they called the police. The boy has confessed. He has a history of anger episodes. He had, in the past, run away from home,” the ADCP said.

Another police officer said the boy even texted his father from the mother’s phone, pretending to be her, and said everything was fine. “After killing his mother, he called a friend over to spend the night on Monday, saying he felt scared. While the mother’s body was kept in a separate room, the friend, the accused and the sister slept in another room,” the officer said.

A neighbour said the family was “always friendly”. “They have a big dog, which is generally tied with a leash. But in the past couple of days, the dog was seen without a leash,” the neighbour said. The police officer said the boy had allegedly told them that he left the dog without a leash to prevent people from entering the house.

First published on: 08-06-2022 at 12:06:07 pm
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