A mysterious case of murder in East Delhi has left the Delhi Police stumped.
A vegetable vendor found the dead body of a scrap dealer wrapped in a cloth sheet inside his own car on Tuesday.
According to police, the deceased 51-year-old Ramnath Singla, a resident of B-6 Safdarjung Enclave was found strangulated and in decomposed state inside his Maruti Swift Dezire car in Pandav Nagar in East Delhi. The police said the body had been in the car for more than 24-hours.
Meena Kumari, the vegetable vendor who found the body at around 12.15pm said, “I had seen the car on Monday evening as well. On Tuesday there was strong smell emanating from the car. I called the local people who in turn called the police.”
Singla had gone to Chandigarh on a business trip with his wife Anita and driver Shankar on October 15 and had returned on October 17.
“After returning, Singla went home and dropped his wife. Then he dropped his driver near Laxmi Nagar Gurudwara and went on his own,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The police said that Singla went missing from East Delhi on Sunday afternoon. A friend of the deceased filed a complaint on Monday at Shakarpur police station in this regard. He stated that Singla had visited his residence on Sunday afternoon in connection with the sale of a property in East Delhi after which he left for his home.
The police said that in the evening, when the victim did not turn up at his Safdarjung Enclave residence, his family members called his friend and later registered a complaint at Shakarpur police station.
There were injury marks on the body of the deceased and some of his valuables were missing. The body has been sent for post mortem to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital.
The police are however not sure if the motive behind the murder was robbery. “The body was meticulously wrapped and placed on the backseat of the car. We are going through his mobile phone records to get more clues in the case,” said a senior police officer said.