It has been three weeks that a Delhi University (DU) student was found hanging from a tree in north Delhi’s Bonta Park , but the police are yet to register an FIR despite his family and friends claiming it to be a case of murder. The delay in police action has sparked protests by the victim Sumit’s friends. Three months ago, Sumit allegedly went missing from PG men’s hostel in DU. His body was found gagged and bound hanging from a tree in Bonta Park in the last week of January.
Sumit, an MPhil student at the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, also taught German at Khalsa College.
“Three months ago he disappeared, but his belongings were found intact in the hostel. He had not even taken his wallet and cellphone. We reported the matter to the authorities, but they did not make much of it. They have not even bothered to address students,” said Bharat Sharma (name changed), Sumit’s friend.
Meanwhile, Sumit’s friends and family suspect foul play in the incident as his first post-mortem report states that he had been gagged and bound before he was hung.
“We feel it to be a case of murder because the first post-mortem report says his hands and feet were bound when he was hung. No one who commits suicide can tie himself like that. But now, the police have asked his family to get a DNA test conducted so that they can confirm whether Sumit was their son or not. If this is not Sumit, then where is he,” he added.
Sumit’s death has come as a shock to his friends, who have been protesting outside Vice Regal Lodge, but in vain. “This is shocking. The authorities just don’t seem to care. The V-C is oblivious about it and no one has even spoken to us about. It has been three weeks since he passed away and we did not get to know till date because the matter was hushed up,” he said.
“Prima facie it appeared that it was Sumit’s body. Autopsy will be conducted for the second time to ascertain the cause of death. Accordingly, a case will be filed,” said IB Rani, DCP (north).