A teen boy allegedly set ablaze the home of his grandparents leaving them burn alive for reportedly talking ill about their parents.
The deceased were identified as Raja (75) and Kasiammal (65). The victim is a 16-year-old boy who was arrested by Salem police.
The police said the senior citizen couple were sleeping in their home and suddenly their hut started burning around 2 am. The people nearby immediately came running to save the couple. However, the home was locked from outside and the fire was spreading uncontrollably. The neighbours also attempted to subside the flames with water but the effort turned futile.
The fire tenders were rushed to souse the fire however till the tenders could control the situation, the couple were charred to death. The police sent the bodies for post-mortem.
When the police began the initial probe, they learnt that the couple's second son Kumar was residing in a home nearby. His 16-year-old son was studying Class 11 gave contradictory replies which led to suspicion on him.
Following a thorough grilling, the boy confessed to the crime.
The police investigation showed that the teen was disturbed with his father allegedly beating up his mother everyday. The minor came to a conclusion that his grandparents were responsible for his father's act and since the former spoke ill about his parents he plotted to kill his grandparents under the influence of alcohol. He locked the door of their home and set the home along with his grandparents on fire, officials added.
The minor has been arrested for murder and other relevant sections of the IPC and Juvenile Justice Act.