Homesick student killed Asaram ashram children: police (Lead)

August 4th, 2008 - 12:51 am ICT by IANS  

Bhopal, Aug 3 (IANS) A 14-year-old student, who was teased in school and was feeling homesick, was behind the murder of two schoolchildren in a hostel run by spiritual leader Asaram Bapu’s ashram in Chhindwara town, the Madhya Pradesh police Sunday. “Rituraj Singh Dixit, son of Dinesh Singh, admitted to the school only 20 days ago, has been found to be the culprit,” inspector general of police M.R. Krishna told IANS over phone. The police arrested the accused.

According to police, Rituraj wanted to go back home because he was fat and other children used to tease him.

Rituraj heard about an incident in which two children of a school run by Asaram Bapu’s ashram in Ahmedabad were found dead last month and later the school was closed, the official said.

“He was also too attached to his parents, especially his mother, and could not bear separation from his home. This was another reason of his desperation to go back home.

“This inspired him to kill the children in his school so that it would also be closed and he will be able to go home,” Krishna said.

Krishna said bite marks were found on the body of Vedanta, who was found dead Thursday, and this helped the police to reach the culprit.

“Rituraj’s teeth impressions were taken along with those of some other children and his impressions matched the one found on the body of the deceased child. Later, on being interrogated, Rituraj broke down and confessed to have killed both children,” the official said.

The police, he said, reached the conclusion on the basis of reports of a medico-legal institute.

Vedant, 5, was found unconscious in the bathroom of the gurukul run by Asaram Bapu Thursday. On Tuesday evening, Ramkrishna Mohan Yadav, 5, was found dead in similar conditions in the school.

In Ahmedabad, two students - Deepesh Vaghela, 10, and his cousin Abhishek Vaghela, 11 - went missing July 4 from the gurukul. Their bodies were found from the nearby Sabarmati riverbed July 6.

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