10-yr-old boy strangled, body burnt over property dispute

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New Delhi, Mar 14 (UNI) A ten-year-old boy was allegedly strangled and his body burnt reportedly over some property dispute in Alipur area of outer Delhi.

Sanjiv, a student of Class II at Rishikul Vidyapeeth - Alipur, was missing since yesterday but later his charred body was found in a field in the village close to his home, according to a police official.

''After initial investigations the role of 'baraatis' in the death of the child has been ruled out.'' Initially the police had detained five people, including two cab drivers of a 'baraat', for questioning following locals' allegation that the boy went missing following a fight with the baraatis over damaging his bicycle.

The child's uncle Jai told the press that after they searched for the boy they found something burning in the field where they found his charred body.

''Only his legs were left. Rest of the body was burnt.'' Later some villagers claimed that they had seen the quarrel with the baraatis following which some villagers attacked the baraat in which about four to five people were injured.

After police reached the spot and detained five persons normalcy returned.

Later, after interrogation they were all freed, said the police.

Another police official said post mortem reports revealed that the boy had been strangled and then his body burnt.

''Either it was a case of personal dispute or sodomy.'' The baraat angle was concocted, he said.

Sources said the boy's father Bijender Kali Raman had property dispute with village people and the murder could have been a fall out of that.

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