Manpada police have arrested two accused in connection with the alleged sexual assault and murder of a seven-year-old boy, who was found dead in May this year.

The victim, who stayed with his family in Deslepada in Dombivli (East), went missing on May 24. His body was found a day later in the water tank of a building under construction in the same locality. The post-mortem confirmed that he had been sedated and sexually assaulted before being killed. Police sources said the first breakthrough came through examination of Call Detail Records.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjay Shinde, Zone III, Thane Police, said, “Both the accused have been charged with abduction, unnatural sexual assault, murder and destruction of evidence under the Indian Penal Code, along with relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. They have been remanded in police custody till July 24.”

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