A 55-year-old man’s charred body was reportedly recovered from a blazing vehicle on an isolated stretch in the Maurya Enclave area of northwest Delhi on Thursday, police said.
However, a case is yet to be registered since police have ruled out neither foul play nor the suicide angle.
According to police, the corpse of Devender Singh, an oil retailer by profession, was plied out of his Santro car, engulfed in flames around 12:45 pm on a service lane leading
to the Ring Road situated between the Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce and the PP Towers.
“He was a resident of Pitampura and had left his residence to purchase an LPG cylinder for his kitchen around 11 am,” said a senior police officer. Police said an empty gas cylinder was recovered from the back seat of his vehicle after officials succeeded in dousing the flames.
“Since the gas cylinder was registered in his brother-in-law Rajendra Kumar Arya’s name, Singh had allegedly picked Arya up from his sister’s home,
taken him to the gas agency
and was on his way home after dropping Arya back when the incident occurred,” the officer said.
According to police, various factors -– including Singh’s poor financial condition may link the incident to suicide.
“The cracked cylinder recovered from the rear of the car, the back portion of Singh’s body being less burnt, and his wallet being found intact suggest that he could have set himself ablaze,” the officer said.
Police said Singh had reportedly suffered financial losses in his business and was depressed.
“Though no suicide note has been found on the spot, we are not ruling out either foul play or suicide and investigations are on,” added the officer.