The crime branch will conduct further investigations into the death of 24-year-old NRI student Anmol Sarna, the Delhi Police informed a court in Delhi on Wednesday.
Sarna was found dead in mysterious circumstances after a party with friends in a Kalkaji apartment on the intervening night of September 13 and 14.
The police informed Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma on the new development while seeking an extension of the judicial custody of two security guards earlier arrested for allegedly assaulting Sarna and causing his death.
The police told the court that the investigation had been handed over to the crime branch.
Earlier, Sarna’s family had accused Delhi Police of shielding his four friends and framing two security guards in the murder case.
They had demanded an investigation by the crime branch. The court, meanwhile, extended the judicial custody of security guards Surender Bali (40) and Naresh Mishra (60) till October 28.
Anmol, who had completed his high school from New York, was to return to Canada for further studies but died in mysterious circumstances after an alleged drug party at one of his friend’s flat at South Park Apartments in Kalkaji.
Police said the party lasted till midnight after which Anmol was thrashed by the guards for creating a ruckus in the complex.
Around 2am, Anmol was found bleeding in the apartment complex and later died in hospital.
Anmol’s friends — Madhav Bhandari, Pranil Shah, Shivank Gambhir and Ritham Girhotra, all in their 20s — were all arrested by the police and are out on interim bail till October 22.
Anmol’s family had alleged that he was killed by his friends and not by the security guards.