Three men were found dead in a car in south Delhi Monday in what police suspect to be a case of accidental gas poisoning. However, the families of the victims have claimed that they were murdered.
The bodies of Balwinder Singh, 37, Lakshman Singh Kashyap, 35 and Nishant Dutta, 24, were pulled out from a Honda City car, which was parked near the RK Puram Sector 4 market. The three were close friends and business partners.
The police believe the deaths likely occurred due to build-up of toxic gases released by the car’s air-conditioner, which was left running along with the car’s engine. “But post-mortem hasn’t clarified the cause. We can only authenticate the cause of death after thorough investigations,” said a senior police official.
Carbon Monoxide poisoning is a process that is lethal in gradual degrees. The three men likely first lost consciousness and finally died. “If there is a leakage from the engine and heavy concentration of carbon monoxide inside the closed cabin, it could lead to CO poisoning. It can happen if people are closed inside an AC car for a long time,” said Dr Amit Gupta, AIIMS spokesperson.
But the families of the three victims insist they were murdered. Kashyap’s brother Kanhaiya Lal said the rear window of the car was rolled down two to three inches, “even if there was air poisoning, there was ample ventilation for the gas to pass through”.
Lala added that the three ran an event management business and had left their homes around 7pm to collect booking amounts from customers. They were last seen parked near the Sector 4 market around 10.20pm. Lal claimed they had Rs. 1.5 lakh in the car, which the families claimed was missing when the bodies were found.