Man kills 14-year-old son with sodium nitrate-laced cold drink in Pune, held

A man allegedly killed his 14-year-old son with a sodium nitrate-laced cold drink after reportedly being upset with his behaviour in Maharashtra`s Pune. The suspect was arrested from Maharashtra`s Solapur district the police said on Friday, the PTI reported.

According to the news agency, the man took the extreme step due to frustration and anger over his behaviour, a police official said.

The suspect who was identified as Vijay Battu (43) has claimed he was angry as there were constant complaints from school about Vishal Battu, while other issues included the deceased watching explicit content on his phone, neglecting studies and picking up fights with his sister, Inspector Ajay Jagtap of Jodhavi police station said, as per the PTI.

“On January 13, Vijay and his wife Kirti lodged a missing persons complaint after Vishal did not return home. His body was discovered on the same day by the road near Tuljapur Naka, after which an accidental death case was registered,” the news agency reported.

“However, we sensed some foul play. His father Vijay`s behaviour was also suspicious. He was taken in for questioning, during which he confessed to giving his son a cold drink laced with sodium nitrate and then abandoning the body near Tuljapur Naka,” the official said.

Vijay Battu was arrested on January 29 and has been remanded in police custody, Senior Inspector Rajendra Karankot said.

Meanwhile, in an another incident, a 22-year-old plumber died after he fell into a lift duct at a construction site in Maharashtra`s Thane city, an official said on Friday, the PTI reported.

In a complaint filed at the Kapurbawdi police station, a relative of victim Pradhyum Ashok Kumar said that he was working without any safety gear when the accident took place on January 30.

Kumar sustained serious injuries after he lost his balance and plunged into a lift duct filled with water. He was taken to a hospital where doctors declared him dead, the official said citing the complaint, the PTI reported.

The police on Thursday registered a case against the building contractor at the site under Indian Penal Code section 304A (causing death by negligence), said the station house officer of the police station. 

(with PTI inputs)

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