The incident has occurred in Madurai district of Tamil Nadu.
The Times of India quoted a police officer investigating the case as saying, "All the five hail from Kilavaneri, the victim's village. They used to gather behind the school to drink liquor or smoke beedi."
He added, "On July 16, they spotted P Jayasurya (8), who was playing hide-and-seek with friends, entering the school around 4.30pm. They grabbed Jayasurya , took him to the school bathroom and sodomized him. The boy fell unconscious. Fearing that Jayasurya would expose them, they strangled him and dumped the body in a wooden box."
The officer was further quoted as saying, "Enquiries with school authorities and villagers confirmed that they had not misbehaved with any child or girl so far. But they said that they used to have sex with each other."
According to reports, the five teenagers after dumping the body of Jayasurya in the box, went about their normal lives till the police picked them up for interrogation, a couple of days later.
Police said, "We zeroed in on a few persons from the village who used to roam around near the school. These teenagers gave contradictory replies and on further interrogation, they confessed."