A Special Investigation Team has been formed to investigate the alleged killing of the son of a Nalanda-based journalist’s son, who was found dead on Sunday night, with his eyes gouged out.
Police have detained five local youths in connection with the killing of the 15-year-old Ashwini Kumar, who was also mentally unstable, reported The Indian Express.
The motive behind the murder is yet to be ascertained by the police.
The victim was the son of Dainik Hindustan’s Nalanda bureau chief Ashutosh Kumar Arya and went missing at 1 pm on Sunday. The victim used to live with his grandmother in a village, while his father Ashutosh Arya lived at Harnaut block town.
While the police are yet to ascertain the motive behind the murder, they suspect that the boy might have done “something abnormal”, which angered the others and resulted in the fatal attack.
The incident occurred at Hasanpur village of Harnaut police station.
The victim’s grandmother informed the father that she could not find the boy, after which the villagers started searching for the victim, and finally found him dead in a village pond.
Nalanda SP Nilesh Kumar told The Indian Express, “The postmortem report alone would reveal if the death is because of drowning or shock There is no ligature mark around the neck to suggest strangulation.”
The SP also divulged that Arya told the police that Ashwini would “behave abnormally at times”. “Though we cannot say anything with conclusion as of now, we can only suspect that the boy could have done something and was attacked brutally. But it is all speculation,” he added.
DIG Rajesh Kumar told media that as per preliminary investigation, the murder had nothing to do with the profession of the victim’s father.