Muzaffarnagar, Apr 27 (PTI) An eight-year-old boy, who was missing since April 20, was found dead at at village in this district, following which a man was arrested, the police said today. Also Read - Vinayak Chaturthi 2021: Know The date, Time For Ganesh Chaturthi Puja

According to complaint lodged by the deceased’s father, boy was sodomised in 2016 and the case was pending in court. He was abducted and killed after his parents refused to withdraw the case, they said. Also Read - Forget Telegram, Signal: ISIS Terrorists in India, Abroad Using Much More Secure Messenger 'Threema'

It was alleged that the boy was sexually assaulted before being killed, the police said. Also Read - India Set to Rollout World’s Biggest Vaccination Drive Today, 3 Lakh Health Workers to Get Shots on Day 1

After the killing of the boy came to light, the villagers held a protest and refused to hand over the body to police. However, senior police officials reached the spot and pacified the people, following which the body was sent for post-mortem, a police official said.

A case was registered against three people and one of them have been arrested, he said.

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