A 50-year-old city jeweller's body was found in the canal adjoining the Patiala-Nabha road on Tuesday evening. The police said, the victim, Sunil Goel, was allegedly kidnapped from Chandigarh.
Goel owned a shop, 'Glitter Jewellers', in Sector 20. He earlier worked as a property dealer, before shifting to jewllery business three months ago. The police said preliminary investigations revealed that he was under debt. Police sources said that victim's son, Shivesh Goel, a resident of Sector 28, had complained to the police that his father had been abducted.
The complainant said that his father had left in his Toyota Corolla car at about 8.30am on Monday and after some time he (Shivesh) received a message from his father's mobile phone stating, 'kidnapped will contact'. The mobile was switched off after that.
Following this, Shivesh approached the police in the afternoon and a case under Section 363 of the IPC was registered at the Sector 26 police station.
When the UT police traced the tower locations of the victim's mobile phone, the last location turned out to be Kajauli Water works, near Morinda. Following this, police teams were dispatched to the spot and the car of the victim was found in a parking on Monday evening. The mobile phone was also recovered from the car, which was found locked, sources said.
The UT police team then contacted the local police and roped in divers, who fished out the body from the canal.
Sources said that there were no injury marks on the body and no suicide note was recovered. The body has been kept at Rajindra Hospital in Patiala, where the post-mortem will be conducted on Wednesday.
ASP (east)Guriqbal Singh Sidhu said they were awaiting the post-mortem report ascertain the cause of death.