In a dramatic crime involving minors, the Jeedimetla police on Friday claimed to have arrested a 12-year-old Class VII boy on the charge of murdering his 13-year-old girlfriend who was a student of Class VI in the same school. Proceedings will be initiated against the boy under the Juvenile Act, they added.
According to the police, the victim was the daughter of a scrap vendor and resident of Sanjay Gandhi Nagar in Jeedimetla while the accused is the son of a welding unit owner from the same locality. Both were studying in a private school at Shahpurnagar in Jeedimetla.
The police said the boy and girl had developed a close friendship but the boy's family did not approve of him roaming with the girl.
On April 21 morning, the victim stole Rs 2,500 from the house and left without informing her parents. "She along with the accused and another boy, also a Class VI student from the same school, went to Tirupati. When the girl did not return home by evening, her father lodged a complaint with the police," said Jeedimetla inspector A Sanjeeva Rao.
Following the lodging of the missing complaint, Jeedimetla cops grilled some of the friends of the girl and discovered that three of them including the girl had gone to Tirupati. The teenagers stayed at Tirumala for two days and then reached Vijayawada on April 23 night.
"By this time, the boys were tired and wanted to return home. But the girl was persistent and pressured the accused to stick along with her for some more time as she might get severely reprimanded on returning home. The accused, who was already under strict restrictions from the family members for being close to the girl, got vexed with her behaviour. He thought that killing her is the only way to get rid of all his troubles," inspector Sanjeeva Rao said.
the accused along with the other boy and the girl, went to the railway bridge opposite Prakasam Barrage on river Krishna in Vijayawada. "He told the girl that by standing on the bridge, they can get a very close view of the passing trains. On reaching the middle of the bridge, the accused waited for an opportune moment when no one was nearby and pushed her into the water. Even as she drowned, the duo fled from the spot," the inspector said. Immediately after the incident, the accused along with the accomplice left for Hyderabad.
Police who were tracking the movement of the boys since they left the city, got to know that the boys reached their homes but the girl did not return.
When confronted about the whereabouts of the girl, the two boys feigned ignorance. But after two days of interrogation, the 12-year-old confessed that he pushed the girl into water. The second boy is likely to be booked as accomplice and also tried under the Juvenile Act.
Meanwhile, while coordinating the investigations into the case with the Vijayawada and Guntur police, the Jeedimetla cops were informed that the decomposed body of a girl was found at Kanakadurga Varadhi on April 26.
Police then took the accused and the girl's family members to Tadepally. The body has been identified. While the victim's family members cremated the girl at Vijayawada, the two boys were brought to Hyderabad. The accused will be produced before the juvenile court on Saturday.