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Love triangle cause of campus murder?

The person who allegedly murdered Mukesh Kumar Baghel, 22, tried everything to make it look like a case of suicide but failed.

delhi Updated: Feb 11, 2010 00:38 IST
HT Correspondent

The person who allegedly murdered Mukesh Kumar Baghel, 22, tried everything to make it look like a case of suicide but failed.

Delhi Police are now certain that Baghel, a second-year visually impaired Hindi Honours student at Hansraj College in Delhi University’s North Campus, was murdered.

His body was found hanging from the ceiling fan on Tuesday evening in his hostel room.

Police have registered a case of murder and they are now rounding up suspects and trying to find the reasons behind the crime.

Though they are working on every possible angle, the police believe that it could be a case of a love triangle.

Why it’s a murder

Even though the post-mortem examination is awaited, the police have several reasons to believe it is murder.

According to police, the legs of the victim were resting on the edge of the bed while he was hanging.

The rope used was too long.

“If he wanted to hang himself, he could have easily used a smaller rope to make a noose. But the length of the rope suggests that he was pulled up to make it look like a suicide,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

The victim’s hands were also tied tightly with the same nylon rope with which he was hanged.

“We have registered a case murder against unknown people. The post mortem would be done by a panel of doctors,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Sagarpreet Hooda.

Suspects and clues

According to Baghel’s brother Gurdayal, the deceased was friends with a girl whom he assisted in studies. The girl was a classmate and her father is an employee of Hansraj College.

“I came to know from his classmates that the girl used to take help in studies. They were supposedly good friends. They also told me that she was friends with another boy from the same college,” he said.

Police said they have found a piece of paper on which three names were written in Braille. “One of the names is of the boy who is also in talking terms with the girl,” said the officer.

Police are investigating if the girl was the reason behind the murder.

A good student

Mukesh Baghel, though visually challenged, was among the best students in his class. The 23-year-old from Agra had scored 75 per cent in his Class XII boards and 61 per cent in his first-year college examination.

“Though an introvert, he always participated in class discussions. His impressive academic performance even won him an award last year,” said Rajesh Kumar Sharma, Hindi professor, who is also visually challenged and had last met Baghel in his class on Saturday. “He was keen on becoming a teacher,” he said.