Thane man kills 9-year-old son by stuffing paper ball into his mouth; arrested

12 June,2024 01:45 PM IST |  Thane  |  mid-day online correspondent

The Thane man was inebriated at the time of the incident which took place at Washala in Kasara area under Sahapur taluka on the intervening night of Monday-Tuesday, they said, adding the exact reason behind the crime was not yet known

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A 59-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly killing his nine-year-old son by stuffing a paper ball into his mouth in Maharashtra's Thane district, police said on Wednesday, reported news agency PTI.

The Thane man was inebriated at the time of the incident which took place at Washala in Kasara area under Sahapur taluka on the intervening night of Monday-Tuesday, they said, adding the exact reason behind the crime was not yet known.

The Thane man and his wife had been living separately following domestic quarrels and the boy was staying with his mother, an official from the police control room said, reported PTI.

The boy went missing from his mother's house on Monday and the family members launched a search for him.

The minor was found dead near his father's house at around 8 am on Tuesday, the official said.

After being alerted, police rushed to the spot and they found a paper ball stuffed into the boy's mouth and blood oozing out of his nose, he said, reported PTI.

An investigation suggested the Thane man resorted to excessive alcohol consumption after his wife started living separately, the official said, reported PTI.

He consumed liquor on the intervening night of Monday-Tuesday and allegedly stuffed a ball, made from torn notebook papers, into the boy's mouth resulting in his death, he said.

Following a complaint by a relative of the deceased, the accused was arrested on Tuesday night and booked under Indian Penal Code section 302 (murder), the official said.

In another case, a criminal case was registered against a 21-year-old man for allegedly raping and impregnating an 18-year-old daughter of his neighbour, a Thane Police official said on Tuesday, reported PTI.

An FIR against the accused man was lodged by the young woman after she gave birth to a boy in a hospital, an official said.

The alleged incident occurred last November after the accused called the victim girl to his house in a chawl where he raped her, reported PTI.

No arrest has been made so far, the official said, adding that the case was registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code for rape and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

(With inputs from PTI)

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