A 25-year-old man allegedly kidnapped and murdered a 5-year-old boy following a tiff with the child’s mother, with whom he was having an illicit affair.

The body of the boy, who went missing Monday, Dec. 6, was found in a drain on Wednesday.

On Monday afternoon at around 1 p.m, the child was playing outside his home in Boisar, Maharashtra, India, when he reportedly went missing.

After failing to locate the boy, his family members approached the police and filed a missing person’s report.

Based on the complaint, the police registered a case and initiated a search operation in the area.

On Wednesday, Dec. 8, the investigators located the boy’s body in a sewage drain in Tarapur industrial unit in the Boisar MIDC area.

The child was pronounced dead at the scene. According to local media reports, the boy was found with his hands and legs bound with rope.

The investigators examined the surveillance cameras installed in the area and identified a man, who was seen carrying the child’s body on his motorcycle.

The accused has been identified as Mahendra Singh, a neighbor of the victim’s family.

"Police found the registration number of Singh’s motorcycle in it and also a passport size photograph of his where the body was dumped," the victim’s father told Mid-Day.

A few hours later, Singh was located and taken into police custody for questioning. During the interrogation, the suspect confessed to kidnapping the boy and killing him by drowning him in a water-filled bucket.

“The body language of Singh spoke a lot. He first kidnapped the boy, then forced his face into a water-filled bucket for 3 minutes. When he was sure that the boy had died, he concealed the body in his room,” Sub Inspector, Ashish Patil told the news station.

“In the wee hours of Dec. 7, Singh stuffed the body in a bag and left home on his motorcycle.”

“After driving for around two kilometers, he reached MIDC Tarapur and dumped the body. We recovered a passport-size photograph of Singh from the spot where the body was dumped,” the officer added.

The accused told the investigators that he and the now-deceased boy’s mother were allegedly in an extra-marital relationship.

“When she refused to continue her illicit relationship with Singh, they had a heated argument and he decided to teach her a lesson,” said a police officer attached to the Boisar police station.

However, the child’s father claims that the suspect is trying to defame his family by lying about the affair.

“He is my colleague in a private firm. He lives in the same neighborhood. My son had been knocking on his door on Dec. 6 afternoon. Since his sleep was disturbed, Singh opened the door and killed my son. Later he disposed of the body," the boy’s father said.

The police have registered a case against the suspect under Sections 302 (murder), 201 (destruction of evidence), and 360 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code, the official said.

A further probe is underway, the officer added.

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