V-Day fallout: Agra boy killed by classmates (Lead)

February 17th, 2012 - 2:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Agra, Feb 17 (IANS) A 15-year-old boy was killed by two of his classmates after they had an altercation on the Valentine’s Day over his befriending a girl, and the body was dumped in a mustard field, police here say.

Looking for the missing 15-year-old, police found his brutally stabbed body in a field in Khandauli area close to the Yamuna Expressway Thursday. It was villagers who first spotted the body and informed police.

Etmauddaula police station investigators told reporters that the victim was taken away by two of his classmates Wednesday on the pretext of buying stationery and was murdered. The victim’s father is a clerk in the block development office in Hathras district.

The two accused are Class 8 students at St. Stephen’s School in the trans-Yamuna area.

One of the accused was arrested after a neighbour told family members that the victim had gone with him on a motorbike. After his arrest, he kept confusing the police for more than two hours but finally broke down when he could not explain why his fingers were cut and bleeding.

Students and later the accused confirmed that the gruesome murder was the result of the victim befriending a girl whom one of the accused liked intensely. The latter is the son of a police inspector posted at Firozabad. The two accused and the victim seemed to have had an altercation over the girl on the Valentine’s Day, police say.

A post-mortem examination report suggested the attack was well planned, with a dozen wounds on the chest and the throat slit with a knife. Police confirmed later that the knife used in the attack has been recovered.

One of the accused said he joined the other in the crime after a promise of Rs.5,000, Rs.1,000 being paid in advance, police said.

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