24-year-old Jagdish was known to the boy and both belonged to Bishanpur village, about 60 km from state capital Bhopal. On Friday, he saw the boy bathing near a hand-pump and suggested that he accompanied him to a nearby river. The man then assaulted him, choked him to death and dumped his body along the banks.
In the evening, after hours of search, the boy's parents feared for his safety. They approached the police and filed a missing person report. Next morning, the police found his body near the river. The postmortem report confirmed sexual assault.
"Jagdish has confessed to assaulting and killing the boy. A case has been registered," investigating officer Birendra Sen said.
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