Thousands join funeral of ‘electrocuted’ boy
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More than 1,500 people joined the funeral procession of Mayur Thakor, who went missing from an amusement fair being held near his house in Naroda area, on Saturday. Earlier, they refused to cremate his body after it was brought from Palanpur Civil Hospital demanding the arrest of fun fair organiser Kunal Bhatt. The police had recovered the decomposed body of the nine-year-old boy five days after he went missing.
After, the Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) officials declared that they arrested Bhatt on Saturday from Ahmedabad, who was hiding at different places in the city after disposing off Mayur's body, the procession was took out. The officials also arrested his aides — Altaf Hassan, Sattar Khan and one Prakash on Friday who had allegedly helped Kunal.
Mayur's body was handed over to his family on Friday night after his father Balaji Thakor identified it.
There was chaos in Naroda area as traders shut their shops in the morning and gathered in large number showing anger against the police for their alleged negligence in the case.
After the top police officers JCP (Sector II) S G Bhati and zone DCP Neeraj Badgujar met the family members at Chamundanagar in Naroda, Mayur's funeral procession was carried out in the afternoon with more than 1,500 people joining Mayur's parents.
Around 400 traders of the Naroda Traders Association observed a complete bandh to oppose against the inaction in Mayur's case. Mayur had gone missing on June 24. However, the Naroda police began investigations in his case only on June 26. Later, it was transferred to DCB on June 27.
Congress MP Jagdish Thakor, Mayur's uncle said, "We don't accept this electrocution theory at all. If a boy gets electrocuted and dies, how does a crowd of 500 and more doesn't notice it? The boy was murdered inside the fun fair by the same accused."
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