Ghaziabad: A 22-year-old man was arrested for allegedly killing an eight-year-old boy by smothering. The accused, Pappu Kumar was arrested on Tuesday after an informer tipped police off about a suspect matching the description put out by them. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh News: This Lab in Meerut Falsely Tests 6 People COVID-19+, Likely to Lose Licence

The minor boy had gone missing on October 26 following which his father had lodged an FIR at the Kavi Nagar police station here, he said. The body of the missing boy was found in a forested area of Bamheta village two days later, the SSP said, adding that police had been searching for the accused since then. Also Read - After Rajasthan, Locusts Enter Maharashtra, Delhi - Why is This a Worrying Situation?

During interrogation, Kumar admitted that he killed the minor, a police official said. Also Read - On CM Yogi's Remark on Labourers Returning to Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's Sharp Retort

The victim had apparently walked into Kumar’s house and saw him sodomising another boy, following which the accused lured the eight-year-old to an isolated spot and killed him over fears that he might tell his father about the incident, the SSP said.

Kumar used to work for the victim’s father as a mason, he added.

Following Pappu’s confession, police have booked him under the POCSO Act and sections 302, 201, and 377 of the IPC, Krishna added.

(With PTI inputs)