A 48-year-old former Indian Air Force (IAF) officer, working as a personal manager with a private company in Himachal Pradesh, was found murdered in northwest Delhi's Swaroop Nagar area on Sunday morning.
The victim's throat was slit with a sharp-edged weapon and his mobile phone and wallet were found missing. A gold chain on his neck was, however, found intact, police said.
The incident came to light around 9.30am after a passer-by discovered his body lying in a pool of blood on a pavement near National Highway (NH)-1.
The victim was identified in the evening as Surender Kumar Singh, who lived with his family in Sector 10, Gurgaon. He was a warrant officer in the IAF.
Additional DCP (northwest) Romil Baaniya said Singh was heading home from HP when he was killed by unidentified men.
"During investigation, it was learnt that Singh had left for Gurgaon in a Wagon-R car given to him by his company. He drove up to Ambala, parked the car in the parking lot of a bus depot and boarded a bus for Delhi," Baaniya said. He said he made his last phone call from the Swaroop Nagar area.
Baaniya said: "Singh's brother, who is a sub-inspector in the Gurgaon Police, had approached the Delhi Police to know if we had found any body. The physical description of given by him matched with the body recovered in our area. We are probing the case from all possible angles."
A case of murder has been registered at the Swaroop Nagar police station and investigations are under way. The body has been sent for post-mortem examination, the police said.
Joginder Pal Yadav, a neighbour of the victim, told The Hindustan Times that Singh had taken premature retirement from the IAF a couple of years back.