Kanpur: In a chilling incident, a 43-year-old man murdered his 7-year-old son on Saturday and then slept with the body through the entire night, following which he was arrested. His wife, Sarika, a government schoolteacher, alleged that her husband Alankar Srivastava woke her up on Sunday morning and said that he had strangled their son to death during the night at their Kanpur residence. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Shocker: Class 10 Student Kills Minor Girlfriend in Sambhal

Shocked at the incident, Sarika then called up her relatives, who informed the police.

“Sarika said that her husband killed their son on Saturday night and went to sleep with the body in the drawing room. The next morning, he went to the bedroom and told her that he had killed their seven-year-old son. The family members are still in a shock and we are yet to record their statement,” a senior police official said.

Police sources said that Alankar was depressed after he lost his job a few months ago.

Meanwhile, based on the complaint given by Sarika, police booked Srivastava for murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code. The couple also has two daughters.

During interrogation, the police said the accused had confessed to the murder, adding that the body of the child was sent for post-mortem. Further investigations are underway.

(With Agency inputs)