A 26-year-old security guard was on Sunday found murdered in the kitchen of a restaurant in the heart of the capital, and Rs 250,000 in cash were missing from the place, the police said.
Rajesh Thakur, a resident of Patna, was found stabbed to death in the kitchen of The Host in the F block of Connaught Place in the morning.
Employees who opened the restaurant in the morning found Thakur's body lying in a pool of blood and informed the police.
Police officials said there were multiple stab injuries, possibly from a sharp-edged weapon, on Thakur and the body was later sent for a post-mortem examination at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.
Thakur was hired from Prime Security Agency in Lajpat Nagar of south Delhi.
According to the police, the restaurant closed around 1 a.m. and Thakur remained inside as he was on night duty.
"The employees said that after closing down the place every night, he usually remained inside the restaurant," said a police officer.
"Our initial investigations suggest that the killer or killers might have used the back entry of the restaurant. The entry also appears to be friendly and the killers probably knew the workings of the restaurant. An insider's hand cannot be ruled out as the employees have also reported some cash missing," the officer added.
The police were questioning employees and security guards in the area for possible clues.
The Host's manager Pankaj said Thakur was posted at the gates of the restaurant and during the night he remained indoors.
"But we don't know how he reached the kitchen area of the restaurant. A cash of Rs.250,000 that was collected from sales on Valentine's Day is also missing," Pankaj said.
The police said a case of murder and robbery has been registered at the Connaught Place police station and further investigations were underway.