IAS aspirant kills 7-year-old boy, keeps body for 35 days
Arrested After Complaints Of Foul SmellTIMES NEWS NETWORK
New Delhi: A civil services aspirant killed the sevenyear-old son of his landlord in north Delhi and lived with the rotting body stuffed in a suitcase in the same room for 35 days before the stench did him in.
The accused, Avdesh Sakya, 27, had kidnapped the boy for ransom on January 7 but developed cold feet fearing police action and killed the child. He had also had a verbal spat with the child’s father a few months ago and was looking to seek revenge, police said.
Sakya was arrested on Tuesday morning after the neighbours complained of foul smell coming from his room in Swaroop Nagar, near Bhalaswa. During interrogation, he told the cops that he had planned to ask for a ransom of Rs 15-20 lakh from the child’s father a few days after the murder but changed his mind.
Sakya’s landlords, the Saini family, had bought a new shop for their grocery business at Nathupura market. In his statement to the police, Sakya said he had lured the boy, Ashish, into accompanying him on the pretext of buying him a cycle and confined him at his onebedroom flat nearby. After a few hours, he got scared as the police began a manhunt and decided to kill him.
“I asked him what his parents said about me. The child said that his parents had warned him against visiting my house as I was not a nice person. Seething with anger, I smothered him that moment,” Avdesh told his interrogators, without showing any remorse.
After killing the boy, Avdesh stuffed the body in a suitcase after wrapping it in a plastic bag. He had since been looking for an opportunity to dispose it of. However, the police finally managed to crack the case on suspicion and arrested him on Tuesday morning.
The body has been recovered and the accused is being interrogated after being produced before the magistrate. Police have prime facie ruled out a sexual assault, but said that a final confirmation will come only after an autopsy.
According to DCP (northwest) Aslam Khan, an FIR of abduction was registered immediately after the child went missing on January 7. Hue and cry notices had been raised and adjoining police stations informed for clues.
The final breakthrough came on Sunday, when the area SHO tried calling Sakya for some information about the child and found his phone switched off. They also did not get any calls from him later on updates about the child. They then asked the child’s father to check on Sakya, who found him in his house.
When cops confronted him and questioned about the foul smell, he told them about dead rats in the room. Cops also found 10 bottles of perfumes from the room, none of which he had used. He broke down while being questioned on Monday night and admitted to have killed the child.
A civil services aspirant killed the sevenyear-old son of his landlord in Delhi and lived with the rotting body stuffed in a suitcase in the same room for 35 days before the stench did him in. The accused, Avdesh Sakya, 27, had kidnapped the boy for ransom on January 7 but developed cold feet fearing police action and killed the child. Sakya was arrested on Tuesday morning after
the neighbours complained of a foul smell emanating from his room. In his statement to the police, Sakya said he had lured the boy, Ashish, into accompanying him on the pretext of buying him a cycle and confined him at his one-bedroom flat nearby. After a few hours, he got scared as the police began a manhunt and decided to kill him.
Fight over ₹1k ends in plumber’s murder
Bengaluru: A heated argument between four friends over a pending loan of Rs 1,000 ended in the murder of one at Sanjay Gandhi Nagar near Yeshwantpur railway station, north Bengaluru, late Monday night.
The deceased is M Manikantan, 22, a plumber and resident of Sanjay Gandhi Nagar. Police have taken two suspects into custody and are looking for the third one.
It all started around 10pm when Manikantan and his friends, Billa, Suman and Vijay, all neighbours and daily-wage workers, were walking home after consuming alcohol at a wine shop in the area. Manikantan noticed Billa’s silver chain and asked how much he had paid for that. “When Billa replied it may have been a few thousand rupees, Manikantan recalled that Billa owed him Rs 1,000. But Billa said he had already repaid the same. Suman and Vijay argued in favour of Billa and Manikantan lost his cool. He pulled out a knife and attacked Billa. The three snatched the knife and in the melee, Manikantan sustained stab injuries on the stomach,” police said. Billa and Suman have been detained. TNN
Kerala Youth Cong neta hacked to deathTIMES NEWS NETWORK
Kannur: A Youth Congress worker, S P Shuhaib, who was attacked late on Monday night near Mattannur died on Tuesday, sparking fresh tension in the district. The Congress has blamed CPM for the murder.
Shuhaib, also Congress Mattannur block secretary, was declared dead around 1pm. He was attacked at a teashop at Therur near Edayannur on Monday around 11.30pm. The masked assailants had come in a car and hurled bombs before hacking him.
He was given first aid at a Thalassery hospital and taken to Kozhikode medical college but he breathed his last on the way. Four of his friends also suffered injuries in the attack.
Shuhaib had intervened in a KSU-SFI clash at a local school two weeks ago, following which he was arrested and remanded in custody. DCC president Satheesan Pacheni said the CPM leadership had a clear role in the murder. CPM district secretary P Jayarajan denied this, saying the party would take appropriate action if any worker was involved in it.
The Congress observed a 12-hour hartal in the district. Minor incidents led to tension in both Vallikunnam in Alappuzha and Kanjirappally in Kottayam on Tuesday.
Man kills pal for suggesting ‘urine drink’TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Mumbai: A drinking session turned tragic in Bhayander on Sunday as a 25-year-old man was killed by his friend for suggesting that whisky be mixed with urine as the group ran out of water.
The police arrested Sandip Gavas, a labourer, who had been absconding, on Monday. The incident took place when the victim, Achyut Chaubey was drinking with Gavas and three others on Saturday night. Around 2am, Gavas wanted to have one more drink but they had run out of water to mix with the whisky.
In a lighter vein, Chaubey asked Gavas to mix his drink with his urine. In a fit of rage, Gavas attacked Chaubey with a wooden log. Chaubey bled to death as others fled the scene.
GRUESOME VIDEO OF MURDER VICTIM’S BODY HAS LAWYERS RUSHING OUT OF COURT HALL
It made for an unusual scene at the High Court of Karnataka. Some advocates, looking more than a little squeamish, rushing out of hall No 6, while curious others were rushing in. At the end of it, none wanted a repeat of the experience.
Arguments and counter-arguments took a back seat on Monday as a division bench of the HC, in the course of a hearing into a murder case, watched a video related to the recovery of the body from a drum filled with acid. The chilling video, which caused a stir in the HC premises, is only rivaled by the details of the case.
The video was shot 10 years ago and is an exhibit in the case pertaining to the murder of a student, Nawaz Ahmed, in 2004. Sheikh Rahees Ahmed aka Jamal, Shafiulla Sharif and Tajmul Ahmed, the three accused in the case, were convicted by a lower court. The division bench is hearing their appeal.
Jamal, then 30, a software engineer, who had studied in Australia and worked in the US, lost money when he launched a tech start-up in Bangalore. To make good his losses, Jamal reportedly hatched a plan to kidnap a student for ransom. Jamal is believed to have roped in Shafiulla and Tajmul, two teenagers, to execute his plan. The trio decided to kidnap Nawaz Ahmed, a relative of Shafiulla. Nawaz’s father, Riyaz Ahmed, was a well-to-do scrap metal dealer in Ulsoor. Nawaz, then 21, was studying BSc and wanted to be a techie.
Jamal and the two others are accused of luring Nawaz to a housewarming ceremony on July 11, 2004 and abducting him from St Mark’s Road. Nawaz is believed to have been taken to a house in Wilson Garden where he was strangulated. His captors then took photos of their victim, covering his eyes and mouth to make it look like he was still alive. These photographs along with a demand for Rs 1 crore in ransom — to be paid in US dollars — were sent to Nawaz’s father.
The trio then sealed Nawaz’s body in a blue plastic drum filled with 40 litres of acid. The drum was dumped in a thicket in an empty plot in Kadugodi. Two days later, another letter was sent to Nawaz’s father, who promptly filed a police complaint.
The CCB police then took over the case. Jamal had written the letter in Telugu and claimed to be a Naxalite. The CCB police, however, got on Jamal’s trail when they tracked down a witness who had last seen Nawaz before he was kidnapped. Jamal and the two teenagers were arrested on July 26, 2004.
Police took the three to the place where they had dumped the body and the entire process of recovering the body was videotaped by two cameras. It was this footage that the HC judges watched on Monday. Most of body — the limbs and head had completely dissolved — had decomposed and burnt in the acid. Except for a small piece of underwear, no other clothing remained. Only a DNA test concluded that the body belonged to Nawaz.
The trial in the VII Fast Track Court commenced in 2007 and on July 30, 2011, Jamal Shafiulla and Tajmul were convicted for life. The three were also fined Rs 90,000 each. They had appealed in the HC the same year.
Advocates Rajesh Rai and Budrannisa represent the three in the HC. When the judges heard about the video, they decided to watch it. The video showed the three accused at the spot where the drum containing the body was recovered. It shows police officers, removing the remains from the drum, placing it on a plastic sheet and taking it away.
Arguments into the appeal will commence on Tuesday. The trio have remained in jail since their arrest, but Shafiulla and Tajmul have used their time well by completing a diploma course in journalism. Tajmul is now pursuing a BA course.