Dissatisfied with Delhi Police’s probe and claims of having solved the ‘accidental murder’ of 21-year-old NRI student Anmol Sarna, his family on Tuesday demanded a CBI enquiry into the case.
Even as the police prepared to address the media, Anmol’s father, Anil, claimed his son had nothing to do with either recreational or habitual drug abuse and that he was murdered as part of a calculated plot hatched by the four others he was partying with last Friday night.
“He wasn’t even enthused about going to the party though his friends called him incessantly,” Anil said. “In fact, he was supposed to come with me to pick up my brother from the airport and had promised to be back by 8:30pm for dinner.”
The police had, on Monday evening, made six arrests in the case: Two private security guards at the South Park Apartments in Kalkaji, Surender Bali and Naresh Mishra. Both have been held for culpable homicide.
Four of Anmol’s friends, Shivang Gambhir, Madhav Bhandaru, Rhythm Girhotra and Pranil Shah, have also been arrested for having procured and consumed the banned drug LSD.
“During investigation, it was learnt that the boys had been planning to consume drugs together for the past few days and had subsequently procured them from a contact in Noida,” said P Karunakaran, deputy commissioner of police (southeast).
“They consumed the drugs together around 9pm at Pranil’s bedroom. The effects of the drugs appeared about half an hour later. Before midnight, the drug’s effect had reached its peak and Anmol started behaving abnormally,” he added.
HT was the first to report these details on Saturday and Sunday.
When things went out of control, the police claimed, Pranil’s parents stepped in and turned his friends out of the house. While Shivang, Madhav and Rhythm left, Anmol remained in the apartment complex and got involved in a fight with the two guards.
“The post-mortem examination revealed baton injuries on his head, back, flank and buttocks. The two guards have admitted to having assaulted him and Anmol’s friends have admitted to the drug intake and the incident thereafter,” said DCP Karunkaran.
Anmol’s mother, however, refused to believe the police’s claim. “We all know the extent to which security guards can get violent - but they can’t kill someone,” said Sushma Sarna. “My son was a healthy young man; even if they attacked him, they would have assaulted him in his legs or on his torso, not his head.”