A man on Friday was arrested for allegedly kidnapping and killing a six-year-old boy in southeast Delhi. The boy had gone missing from a slum in Okhla Phase II on September 27, a senior police officer said. Rohit allegedly killed the boy on Wednesday, Romil Baaniya, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast), said. Rohit went into hiding and switched off his phone, police said. The accused lived a few meters away from the boy’s home.
During questioning, Rohit initially tried to mislead police. He told them the boy would peep into his bathroom and pass lewd remarks at his wife. He said the boy’s father had also abused him once in front of his wife. Later, during sustained interrogation, Rohit told police he had kidnapped the boy to extort Rs 20,000 from his father to repay a loan, said the DCP. He killed the boy fearing he would recognise him, the officer said. Asked if he sexually assaulted the boy, Rohit replied in the negative, police said. Police are awaiting the post-mortem report, said the DCP.