Body of man missing for eight days found

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Jul 12, 2014 13:12 IST

The body of Mansa Devi Complex resident and State Bank of Patiala (SBoP) senior manager Rajeev Sharma, who was missing since July 3, has been found from a canal in Hisar.

According to the police, Sharma, 52, was suffering from depression and had been taking treatment for it. He was recently transferred from Panchkula to New Delhi branch of the bank and was on medical leave for some time.

His body was retrieved from the canal at Adampur police station area on July 6. As it could not be identified, the Hisar police got it cremated after 72 hours.

On July 3, Sharma told his family that he was going to the head office of SBoP at Patiala and was to return the same evening. On that day, he also spoke to his family members several times. In his last call made to his family at 7:30 pm, he told them he was coming back by bus. When he did not reach and did not even answer his phone, his family informed the Mansa Devi Complex police station.

The police found that the last tower location was near Bhakra canal in Patiala. When the police investigated the area, they found no trace of him.

On July 6, a passerby spotted the body and informed the Adampur police, which then shifted the body to mortuary and issued a public notice to claim the body.

When, according to rules, nobody claimed the body even after three days, it was cremated. When the family came to know, they reached Hisar on Friday and identified the shoes as those of Sharma.


Sharma was nearing his retirement and had also applied for Voluntary Retirement Scheme from the bank and documents in this regard were in process. “He was taking treatment from doctor as he was suffering from depression. So far, there is no evidence of any kind of harassment,” said inspector Suraj Chawla, station house officer (SHO) of Mansa Dev Complex police station.

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