SSP Amol V Homkar (right) with the main accused Md Raza (standing in the centre) on Sunday. (Bhola Prasad)
The tenant of a city businessman confessed on Sunday to killing the latter’s 15-year-old son out of revenge, a day after the Class IX student’s body was recovered from a jungle in Seraikela-Kharsawan district.
Mohammed Raza, the main accused, was arrested along with his friend Ali Gaddi and accomplice Jitendra Lodhi, an auto-rickshaw driver, for killing Faizal Imtiaz.
SSP Amol V. Homkar said, “While Gaddi had assisted the main accused in strangulating Faizal to death at Raza’s rented flat at Hill View Colony, Jugsalai, with an electric wire, it was in Lodhi’s vehicle that the body was taken to the jungle and dumped.”
Faizal, a student of DBMS English School, was found bundled up with his hands tied inside a sack at Saldih village in Rajnagar police station area, some 25km from Jugsalai.
Accused Mohammed Raza told police that the murder was an act of revenge. According to him, cloth merchant Imtiaz Ahmed had insulted his sister two months ago at his home at Millatnagar on Mahatopara Road in Jugsalai.
When Raza had confronted Ahmed, his son Faizal had protested.
According to Homkar, on Friday when Faizal went to collect the rent around 11am, Raza decided to kill him.
“After the murder, the assailants called an auto-rickshaw and carried the body to the jungle through Bagbera-Matladih-Rajnagar route,” the SSP said.
“Initially, the auto driver was told that the sack contained tent house material, but on the way to Rajnagar, he discovered that there was a body inside,” Homkar said, but added that the driver was arrested for keeping mum about it rather than informing the police.
Raza’s three brothers have been been picked up for grilling. Faizal’s father denied misbehaving with Raza’s sister and alleged the killer wanted to grab his house.