The highly decomposed body of a man appearing to be in his thirties was found in a house at Mataur village in SAS Nagar on Monday.
Police said the victim’s throat was slit with a sharp-edged weapon. The matter came to fore on Monday evening when house owner Jaspal Singh visited his property to take monthly rent from his tenant, Saleem.
“However, I found the house locked from outside and extreme stench smell emanating from its rooms. I immediately called on the locals and informed the police,” Jaspal said.
A police team reached the spot and broke open the door to find the decomposed body. It was sent to the civil hospital in Phase 6 for post-mortem examination. During a search of the house, the police found chess pieces strewn all around.
Police said the man, who was yet to be identified, appeared to have been murdered over a week ago.
Jaspal told the police that Saleem and his wife, who were natives of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, rented the house around a month back. But they did not provide him their permanent address for police verification.
With Saleem and his wife absconding, they had been booked under sections 302 (murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code, Said Rajiv Kumar, station house officer (SHO), Mataur police station, adding that efforts were on to trace them.