Police yesterday claimed to have solved the sensational double murder of a woman and her 11-year-old daughter after tracing her 15-year-old son who they said has confessed to killing them.
According to the police the boy told them he used a pair of scissors and a pizza cutter to carry out the crime after he was scolded and beaten up at home over a minor issue.
The juvenile, who was addicted a video game ‘High School Gangster’ and was the prime suspect in the December 4 double murder, was traced to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Earlier, he had made a call to his father from Mughalsarai in Uttar Pradesh, where the police could not locate him, Senior Superintendent of Noida Police Luv Kumar told reporters.
The 42-year-old mother and her daughter were found murdered in their apartment in Greater Noida on Tuesday night. The bodies were found in the bedroom.
The boy is a student of Class 11.
The father was in Gujarat on business when the crime took place. The possibility of another person involved in the crime is ruled out, the police said.
Recounting the version of the chilling crime as given by the boy in the presence of his family members, Kumar said the boy kept hitting his mother’s head and face with a cricket bat and later used a pair of small scissors and then a pizza cutter to attack her, which caused her death.
He thought his sister was waking up or could wake up and become a witness to the crime. So, he killed her as well.
The boy changed his blood stained clothes, left them on the scene of the crime and took all the money and left. CCTV footage showed the boy with his mother and sister taking the lift on Monday night at 8.19pm, with food brought from outside, and the boy leaving the apartment at 11.23pm, walking past the security guard.
He told the police that soon after the crime he carefully went to the building’s basement through the lift to save himself from the prying eyes of guards.
The juvenile then came out and took a taxi to New Delhi Railway Station from where he travelled to Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Shimla, and Chandigarh again, then to Ranchi and then to Mughalsarai from where he was detained after the phone call he made to his father was traced.
“He left the house in confusion and kept travelling from one place to the other as he didn’t know what to do,” the officer said.
“He started missing his family and made a call to the father. He didn’t speak much, cried a little and hung up.”
A return call made on the number got the response that a boy had borrowed the phone to make a call and left the place.
“We need to verify the chronology of his travels. This is his version,” the officer said.
He said the boy probably lost the bag containing the money in one of the trains. He perhaps travelled without tickets.
Kumar said the case showed how difficult it was to understand the psychology of a child, who was under severe stress. The night he committed the crime, he said he couldn’t sleep.
“When troubled, the logic of a person fails and one ends up doing something without thinking much.
“In the afternoon, his mother had scolded him and beaten him up after he was adamant and persisted on sitting on the couch and not the chair near the dining table to study,” said Kumar.
The officer felt this minor issue could not have led to the boy committing such a heinous crime but a series of events could have “compelled” him to do so.
He said multiple things like his mother’s constant pressure and his weakness in studies could have made him feel frustrated and distressed.
“He felt his sibling got more attention in the family. He was perhaps weak in studies and was constantly pressured to study in which he didn’t show interest.
“The boy was addicted to playing ‘High School Gangster’ game on the phone which was taken away from him by his mother. He used to stealthily take his mother’s phone to play the game.”
According to his school, there hadn’t been any serious complaints against him. “Mischief is a different thing altogether,” said Kumar.
“The boy is surely regretful about what he did. He was crying during interrogation. What else can he do now?” the officer said.
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