A four-year-old-boy was killed in Navsari by a man who was allegedly involved with the boy’s mother, police said Saturday. The accused, police claimed, had asked the boy’s mother to come to his place at night. When the woman refused, the accused, who’s absconding, forcibly took her son and killed him. Tina Rathod (30), a resident of Dandiwadi area in Navsari, got separated from her husband, Nakul Rathod, two years ago. She returned back to her parents’ home, along with her son, Ganesh Rathod.
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Tina’s father died a few years ago. Her mother, Savita, works as a farm labourer. Tina also works with her mother in the fields. During the stay at her parents’ home, Tina had met Kalpesh Rathod (22). Police said the two had fallen in love and used to secretly meet regularly.
On June 23, Kalpesh met Tina near her house at 1.00 am and told her to accompany him to his house. When she refused, Kalpesh took her son and killed him by hitting him with an iron rod. Kalpesh kept the body in a gunny bag and threw it into the Koili creek near Mithila Nagari in Navsari. Tina talked to her mother about Kalpesh and the two searched for Kalpesh and Ganesh, but failed to locate them. Then, they informed police and lodged a complaint against Kalpesh. On Saturday morning, a passerby saw the gunny bag with the boy’s hand sticking out. He informed the police. Navsari police reached the spot and identified the body as that of Ganesh.
Navsari police inspector Ankit Somiaya said, “We have taken statements of Tina and her mother. We are putting all efforts to locate the accused who has left the village. We believe that he might be hiding at some relative’s place in the neighbouring village. We’ve carried out the post-mortem and handed over the body to his mother.”