The Tulinj police have taken two minor boys in their custody on Thursday for allegedly killing 12-year-old Nitish Tiwari, whose decomposed body was found behind a Nalasopara school on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the police, the boys, aged 15 and 13, were Nitish's friends and they lived in the same locality as the deceased — Bilal Pada in Nalasopara (East).

On July 12, the police had registered a case of kidnapping after Nitish's father approached them when his son did not return home from the playground.

The police said that boys were involved in cases of mobile theft and Nitish had come to know about it. When Nitish told them that he would complain about this to their parents, the duo kidnapped him and eventually killed him.

"During our investigation, we came to know that the two kids were involved in cases of mobile theft. When the victim learnt about one such theft, he confronted them and told them that he would inform their parents about it," said a police officer. He added that when the duo realised that their misdoings would be reported, they decided to kill Nitish. They then took him behind the school and strangulated him.

It was the 15-year-old boy who had called up Nitish's father and told him to not approach the police. "We took the boys in our custody after our informers told us about them. They have confessed to their crime," said the officer.

Senior Inspector of Tulinj police station Bajirao Kalantre said that the boys have been taken into custody under sections 302 (murder) and 201 (destroying evidence) of the Indian Penal Code and will be produced in the juvenile court soon.

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