In what could be termed as almost a perfect crime, a 7-year-old has murdered a 5-year-old child in a bid to take revenge of an injury that his elder brother sustained during a brawl with the deceased.
The crime, committed in cold blood, got the police run from pillar to post for almost two weeks before they solved the case on Monday.
According to reports, the incident took place in Shashtripuram in Agra, where the deceased, Ayush used to live with his family.
The accused Vivek (name changed) is also a resident of Shashtripuram.
About two weeks ago, Vivek’s elder brother Amit (name changed) was playing with Ayush, when the two entered into a scuffle. Driven by anger, Ayush ended up hitting Amit with a stone – as a result of which Amit sustained injuries on his forehead.
Amit, following the brawl, went back to his house. And no sooner did his little brother Vivek came to know about the incident, than he planned revenge.
According to the police, Ayush and Vivek were also friends and a day after the said scuffle Vivek promised Ayush to get him a chocolate and thus asked the victim to accompany him to a nearby market.
He however, took Ayush to a nearby drain and pushed him into it.
After having searched for Ayush in vain, his family along with other neighbours approached the police only about four days ago.
“Since Ayush was last spotted with Vivek, we questioned him. Shockingly, he managed to mislead us”, said Shlok Kumar, CO (Hari Parwat) said.
Vivek managed to convince the police that he had last seen Ayush with a woman from neighbouring Mohammadpur — following which, the police raided her house only to find nothing.
“Suspecting a kidnap, we also frisked some more localities nearby, but got no traces of Ayush and no lead either. Meanwhile, Vivek kept changing his statements repeatedly and the truth was revealed when we grilled him strictly”, Kumar said.
The police were left shocked when Amit revealed the truth.
A team of police divers fished out the decomposed body of Ayush on Monday, about 100 metres away from the spot, from where Vivek had pushed him into the drain.
Police revealed that a short-tempered Vivek had planned the murder to avenge his brother’s injuries. While Ayush’s father is an e-rickshaw driver, Vivek’s father is a daily wager in a factory.
The residents of the locality could not come to terms with the incident, as all knew that families of the victim and the accused were very close to each other.