Police have taken a 42-year-old man into custody after his five-year-old succumbed to 100 per cent burn injuries sustained yesterday. The shocking incident took place at 4 am near Pathare Landge Talim in Bhosari.
Tragic: Joginder Yadav and his five-year-old son Akshay (below) were residing together in a rented room near Pathare Landge Talim in Bhosari
Police said that they are questioning the father after neighbours alleged that the injured child while being taken to the hospital told them that his father had set him on fire.
The father has been identified as Joginder Kisan Yadav, while his deceased son has been identified as Akshay Joginder Yadav.
According to the police, after the boy was set ablaze, his loud screams had alerted the neighbours. The neighbours allege that when Joginder was himself rushing his son to the hospital, the five-year-old told them that his father had set him on fire.
Joginder took his son to a nearby hospital, after which he transferred to Sassoon hospital for further treatment where he breathed his last. Joginder’s wife died four years ago and one of his sons was living with his relatives.
Police said father and son were residing together in a rented room and Joginder was working for a private company, but a few days ago he was fired from the job. Since then he went into depression and often beat up his son.
C D Bhosale, police inspector, Bhosari police station, said, “We have not yet found any evidence that Joginder burnt his son, as he himself has sustained 35 per cent burns.
Our investigation is ongoing and we are recording statements of the neighbours. Joginder is in our custody now and we are interrogating him about the case. If found guilty, we will file an FIR against him under Section 304 (B) of the IPC.”