A man strangled his eight-year-old boy allegedly over a family feud in Netrakona Sadar upazila yesterday.
The victim, Arafat Hossain, was son of Ershad Mia of Kanchanpur village in the upazila.
Locals, however, caught Ershad, a mason, while trying to flee the spot and later handed him over to the police.
Officer in Charge (OC) of Sadar Police Station Tajul Islam quoted victim's family members and neighbours as saying that Ershad married Afroza Khatun of neighbouring Kandulia village about nine years ago and they had an eight-year-old boy.
Following family feuds, Ershad divorced Afroza about four months ago, and since then Afroza and her minor boy had been living at her father's house, the OC said.
Ershad went to see his son at his in-law's house with some orange and new clothes around 10:00am yesterday.
He later took the boy to a vacant room of the house and locked the door from inside.
At one stage, Ershad allegedly strangled the boy to dead and tried to flee the scene.
Hearing scrams, neighbours rushed to the spot, caught Ershad from the spot and handed him over to the police.
They also recovered the body and sent it to Netrakona General Hospital for autopsy, the OC added.