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Boy missing since Jan 6, body found stuffed in bag, IAS aspirant arrested

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Boy missing since Jan 6, body found stuffed in bag, IAS aspirant arrested

A kidnapping-cum-murder case of a seven-year-old boy came to  light on Tuesday with the arrest of 27-year-old IAS aspirant from his rented accommodation in Northwest Delhi’s Swaroop Nagar area. Police accused Avdhesh Shakya of killing the boy, Ashish Saini, who had gone missing since the evening of January 7.

Police said enraged after being yelled at by the boy’s parents and told to not come to their house on January 6, Shakya kidnapped and murdered the boy on the same day and he admitted to his crime during questioning.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest) Aslam Khan said, “Shakya, used to be a tenant at the boy’s house had helped the family of the minor boy in registering an FIR with the Delhi Police and showed emotional support to the family of the minor boy after he went missing. It was only for the past three days that he stopped visiting the boy’s house and the family became suspicious.” Based on the suspicions of the child’s family, local police picked up Shakya for questioning. “During interrogation, Shakya broke down and confessed that he had kidnapped the child and smothered him on the same day. He had stuffed the body in a travel bag after wrapping it in a plastic sheet for the past one-and-a-half month.”

Following his disclosure, Ashish’s body was found stuffed in the bag from under Shakya’s bed. Neighbours claimed that when they complained about the foul smell emanating from his room, the accused showed a dead rat and blamed the stench to it.

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Boy missing since Jan 6, body found stuffed in bag, IAS aspirant arrested



“We found that Shakya had indeed kept nine dead rats, and several bottles of perfumes and deodorants to suppress the foul smell,” said a senior police officer.

The officer said, “During interrogation, he said he was planning to dump the body somewhere following which he would have made a ransom call to the boy’s father.”

According to police, the boy’s father Karan Saini had lodged a missing complaint at Swaroop Nagar police station on January 7.

“As a tenant, the accused developed friendly relations with Karan and his family members. A few months ago, he shifted to another house in the same locality,” said a police officer.

Shakya told police that he kept visiting Karan’s house but for unknown reasons he started objecting to him meeting his son. On January 6, Ashish came to Shakya’s house where he told him that his father has asked him to stay away from him.

The next day when Ashish was returning from his paternal uncle’s home, Shakya lured him into room for buying a new bicycle.

Police said Shakya continued visiting Karan Saini’s house even after alleged murder and also accompanied him to the police station when he went to lodge the missing persons’ complaint. He stood with the boy’s father when they were scanning the CCTV cameras of the nearby area to trace the child.

Since the area was under constant police presence in search of the boy, Shakya couldn’t find an opportunity to dump the body, police said.

Shakya, a native of western Uttar Pradesh, was preparing for civil service exams. He told police he had appeared thrice for preliminary and twice in the mains examination of UPSC.



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