A Bengaluru man allegedly killed his 10-year-old son and took the help of his wife and girlfriend to dump the body and hide the crime, police said.
The accused man was identified as 30-year-old Sunil Kumar. He allegedly killed his son in the presence of his girlfriend on February 7. His wife and girlfriend then helped him to dispose of the body in a Tamil Nadu forest, The Times of India reported.
All three are residents of the Gurappanapalya area of Bengaluru.
To conceal the crime and mislead the police, the accused Sunil Kumar filed a missing complaint with the police on August 26 saying that his son could not be found after he went to a friend’s house on February 7.
However, this made the police suspicious as they wondered why he waited for six months to file a missing complaint.
“We were shocked to hear from Kumar that his son went missing in February, and he was filing the complaint only in August. We immediately suspected him and felt there was foul play involved as no parent would wait for six months to complain about his/her missing child,” an investigating officer told The Times of India.
Sunil Kumar worked in different private companies while his 26-year-old wife was employed with a garment factory along with the man’s girlfriend.
When the police started interrogation after the missing complaint, the man’s extramarital affair came to light.
During the investigation, Kumar also made contradictory statements about where his son went before he went ‘missing’.
“Kumar’s friend claimed he was innocent and the boy had never visited his house. We then interrogated Kumar and his girlfriend and they spilled the beans about the murder,” the police officer told the national daily.
The police said Kumar killed his son by hitting him on the head with a metal pipe and other hard objects.
“The man’s wife had been objecting to his affair. On that night, Kumar’s son is said to have also spoken something which angered Kumar. In a fit of rage, he killed him as his girlfriend watched,” police said.
When his wife returned home from work on the night of the incident, the man and his girlfriend confessed to her about the crime. The man promised his wife that he would end the affair. After that, the trio took the body in a car and dumped it in a forest near Bargur in Tamil Nadu
The police also said the missing person’s complaint was filed after the wife’s family members grew suspicious when the couple did not reach out to the police after their son went missing.
“Forced by family members, Kumar came to the police station and filed the complaint,” the police officer added.
The trio has not been remanded to judicial custody.