A 27-year-old man has been arrested here for killing a minor boy over a grudge against his parents, police said on Tuesday.
Police said the accused Avadhesh, arrested on Monday night, is familiar with the victim's family and is a distant relative. He stayed in a neighbouring house near the victim -- seven-year-old Ashish -- in Swaroop Nagar in west Delhi.
"He killed Ashish after calling him to his room on the pretext of gifting him a cycle. He then asked Ashish what does his father (Karan Singh) think about him. When Ashish replied that Karan asked him not to visit his house, Avadhesh smothered him to death, wrapped the body and placed it in a cupboard. He, however, pretended to be a well-wisher before Ashish's family," she added.
"He did not try to dump the body as he knew CCTVs are installed in the streets. Instead, he killed some rats and placed them in his room. When asked about the stink, he showed one of the rats," she added.
He also bought some perfume, room fresheners and incense sticks to suppress the stink. He slept 37 days on the same bed under which he placed the cupboard with the body, police said.
"He was planning to dispose off the body at an isolated place so that he could later make a ransom call of Rs 15 lakh," the police officer said, adding: "We have recovered the body and sent it for post mortem."
Avadhesh also lied to Ashish's family and said he works with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He told police he was preparing for a competitive examination and also appeared for an UPSC examination thrice.
Police said Ashish Singh went missing on January 7 following which Avadhesh, along with the grandfather of the victim, had registered a missing complaint at the Swaroop Nagar police station. Avadhesh did that in order to avoid any suspicion.
"During investigation, police teams examined all CCTV footage, took help of local surveillance but did not get any solid lead to track the minor boy," DCP Khan said.
"Since no ransom call was made, we investigated the case from all possible angles instead of kidnapping. During investigation, Avadhesh presented himself as a very confident person. Police teams recorded his, other family members' and others' statements," she said.
The victim's parents, who run a grocery shop, suspected Avadhesh after he stopped visiting their house since the last three days. He was a frequent visitor earlier.
Avadhesh also made false promises to Ashish's grandfather that he would get his son employed with the CBI.
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