Srinagar- Police on Tuesday arrested a mother-son duo for allegedly abducting and killing a minor boy last month in Awoora area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
On February 15, eight-year-old Talib Hussain disappeared moments after he left his home in Awoora area of the district. The minor’s disappearance had sent shock waves in his native village and elsewhere even triggering protests by the villagers.
On Tuesday, the minor’s body was recovered from a forest area, ending over three week search by his family, villagers and police.
Meanwhile, police issued a statement giving details that lead to the recovery of body and how the case was cracked.
A police spokesperson said that since the disappearance of the boy, police had been on toes and had been relentlessly carrying the searches to trace him. He said all water bodies, surrounding jungles and suspected places were searched by police using drones and sniffer dogs but no clue could be struck.
“A large number of suspects were also put to sustained questioning dusting the last three weeks,” he said.
He said that after having explored all the possible angles and questioning of a large number of people in connection with the case, police finally was able to zero-in on the main suspect who after sustained questioning confessed to the commission of crime and led to the recovery of the body of the victim.
“Police and even some prominent members from the civil society had also announced reward for anyone who would help in tracing the innocent child,” the spokesperson said.
According to the spokesperson, the main accused in the case turned out to be Shahnaza Begum and her teenage son Aamir, neighbours of the victim.
“After the post-mortem, the body of Talib has been laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard today and investigations of the case have been taken ahead,” he said.
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