Two days after the body of Paras Bhasin, a final-year BBA student, was found hacked into pieces on railway tracks in east Delhi's Pandav Nagar, Delhi police have registered a case of murder.
A senior police officer said the case was registered on the complaint of Bhasin's family that his wife's family, who had been allegedly threatening Bhasin for the past couple of days, had killed him.
Bhasin had secretly married his girlfriend at an Arya Samaj temple against the wishes of both the families, especially the girl's, the officer said.
Meanwhile, the post mortem of the deceased was conducted and his body handed over to his family. He was cremated on Monday evening.
Later, his family, friends and neighbours carried out a candle march from his west Delhi's Meenakshi Garden residence to Subhash Nagar Singh Sabha Gurdwara to protest the slow pace of investigation by police.
"The police are not even trying to trace and question his wife and her family who have gone underground ever since his death came into light," alleged Karan Verma, Bhasin's brother-in-law.
Harmeet Singh, Bhasin's friend, alleged that all messages from Bhasin's Facebook account have been deleted. "We suspect that either his wife or her family deleted the messages because only she knew the password of Paras's Facebook account," said Singh.
The police had earlier refused to register a case as they were of the opinion that Bhasin had committed suicide by jumping in front of a train. His body was found in more than 10 pieces within a kilometre of the railway tracks.
Suspecting foul play, his family members had on Sunday gathered outside the Anand Vihar railway police station and demanded justice for Bhasin.
The family had alleged that his in-law's family had murdered him and they wanted a case of murder to be registered against them.
The family had continued to protest against the police for refusing to lodge an FIR. On Monday, the Anand Vihar railway police station registered a case of murder.
Meanwhile, the police are trying to identify the person who made more than 15 calls to Bhasin's mother on Saturday evening to inform her that Bhasin's body was lying on the railway track.
The anonymous caller had claimed to be a well-wisher of Bhasin's family. The two mobile numbers which he used to contact Bhasin's mother are now switched off, said a police officer.