A 10-year-old boy was allegedly beaten to death by his father for not attending school, police said.
The accused, Aziz Majid Khan, a resident of Ambernath township in Thane district, last night questioned his son Sajid as to why he was neither studying nor attending school for several days.
When the boy could not give any satisfactory reply, Khan, in a fit of anger, beat him up severely with a stick following which he became unconscious, Shivaji Nagar police station inspector D S Gavade said.
The neighbours rushed the boy to a local health unit for medical assistance. The boy died when he was being shifted to Thane Civil Hospital, police said.
The accused, who has five wives, was arrested in the wee hours on Sunday, they said.
The boy’s mother had separated from Khan about five years back and since then the victim was living with his father.
He has been booked under section 302 (murder) of the IPC, police said.