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Soft-spoken, yet very active in social networking

The air of mystery around the death of 20-year-old Shobhit Modi only thickened as senior officers recreated the events leading up to the fateful Thursday night on which he was found stabbed to death outside a colony gate in south Delhi's Vasant Kunj.

delhi Updated: May 07, 2011 00:12 IST

A good son or a three-timing Casanova?

The air of mystery around the death of 20-year-old Shobhit Modi only thickened as senior officers recreated the events leading up to the fateful Thursday night on which he was found stabbed to death outside a colony gate in south Delhi's Vasant Kunj.

Understood to be 'quite active' when it came to social networking, both on the internet and in life in general, prima facie investigation have led sources to believe that Shobhit was not only three-timing but was also into recreational substance abuse.

"An analysis of his call records has revealed that he was in constant touch with at least four female students of a prominent Delhi school throughout on Thursday. One of his neighbourhood friends, during interrogation, told us that he and Shobhit were into recreational drug abuse and would sniff whitening fluid to get high every now and then," said a senior police officer investigating the incident.

A personal webpage, created by him in 2009, illustrates his penchant for computer hacking, flashy mobile phones and online shopping. His Facebook profile lists graffiti, web designing, cryptography and music-especially heavy metal in addition to hip hop-as his interests and French among the languages he knows.

"He was very soft-spoken and did not have a bad temper. That rules out the possibility of him having enraged someone and invited trouble. Whenever I got angry, he used to be the one who would calm me down," said Shubham, one of Shobhit's cousins.

An analysis of CCTV footage obtained from the DLF Promenade Mall revealed that he was used to such outings almost on a daily basis.

"The footage shows him entering the mall with his friends before they are seen walking out around 9pm. He is understood to have called his parents at 9:10pm to tell them that he was on his way back home and would reach in a couple of minutes. He was found in a pool of blood half-an-hour later," the officer said.

Chhaya Sharma, deputy commissioner of police (south) said, "We have registered a case of murder and are investigating it from all possible angles."