The badly mutilated body of a middle-aged man was discovered in the forest area behind Sector 43 Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) here on Wednesday morning. Efforts are being made to ascertain the identity of the deceased.
An inspection of the spot revealed that the man was dragged inside the jungle, about 100 meters from the parking of the bus stand, before being murdered. Pieces of flesh were found lying strewn around the area.
Giving details, DSP, south, BS Negi said: “We were informed about the murder by a rickshaw puller, who had gone to the area to ease himself, at around 8.30 am. Efforts are on to ascertain the identity of the victim, as no identity card or any other indication to his identity were found on person. His clothes were torn apart.”
The DSP said the victim had been attacked at least four times with a sharp-edged weapon in the chest and right side of the stomach. Negi said the assailants had in fact attacked the victim so brutally that flesh pieces of flesh were lying around in the area. “It looks to be the handiwork of at least three to four persons,” he asserted.
One of the deceased’s slippers were lying next to the body, while the other lay a few feet away, indicating that the victim was dragged before before being killed at the spot. The police also recovered another pair of slippers from the spot.
The SHO of Sector 36 police station Bhupinder Singh said: “We have constituted separate teams to ascertain the identity of the victim. Prima facie, the person appears to be hailing either from Himachal Pradesh or Garhwal area.” He said the murder apparently took place during the wee hours, as when the police reached the spot, blood was still oozing from the body.
The police are working on two theories that the person was killed either with the motive of loot or due to some personal enmity. The police have approached the traders in Sector 26 grain market, as the police suspect him to be an apple trader, who could have been carrying cash. The Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) team picked up the body pieces and other evidence from the spot.
Meanwhile, rickshaw puller Badri Parsad, who had discovered the body, told mediapersons that he had gone to ease himself in the jungle when he saw the body and he immediately reported the incident at the police post of ISBT.
Identity a mystery
To identify the victim, the police asked the workers at ISBT to have a look at the body. At least 100 workers, including rickshaw pullers, auto drivers and parking attendants, tried to identify the victim but failed. In 2005, the body of an unidentified person was found from the bushes near Bapu Dham colony in Sector 26. After the police failed to make any headway, the case was marked as untraced on February 13, 2007.