A woman and her brother-in-law have been arrested in Ahmedabad’s Viramgam for allegedly murdering her eight-year-old son in 2018. The police said that the woman, Josna Patel, had an illicit relationship with her brother-in-law, Ramesh Patel, and the duo killed the child Hardik when he came to know about the affair.
Notably, Hardik’s family had registered a kidnapping complaint regarding the missing child in September 2018. In the complaint, the family had said that the child had gone to buy sweets, but did not return.
What Ahmedabad rural police said
As per a statement issued by the police, “Hardik came to know about their affair and fearing that the child would disclose their relationship to his father Jagdish Patel, his family and other villagers, the accused brought the child to a remote farmland in Jalampura village on September 28, 2018, killed him by strangulation, burnt the body and buried it.”
“A few days later, Ramesh again went to the farmland and dug up the remains of the body and threw them in a sewage line in the village to destroy evidence. The two accused have been arrested under IPC 302 for murder and destruction of evidence. The accused are currently under police remand and further investigation is on,” it said.
The police said the abduction case filed at Viramgam rural police station was investigated. “After interrogating the family members and villagers of Jalampura, we found many discrepancies in the statements of Josna and Ramesh who were present in the house at the time of the incident,” police said.
The two accused have been arrested under IPC 302 for murder and destruction of evidence. The accused are currently under police remand and further investigation is going on.
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