The bodies of two men who had been brutally murdered were found early on Sunday morning under mysterious circumstances inside their car near the jungles of Shyampur area of Hapur town. The bodies were identified as those of Ajay Sharma, 28, an auto spare parts dealer in Delhi’s Mori Gate area, and his friend Piyush Gupta, 30, a rice wholesaler.
The assailants had also tried unsuccessfully to set fire to the car—Sharma’s Maruti Zen—to remove evidence of the crime, police said. The bodies were found with their throats slashed with a sharp weapon.
The two neighbours had gone to Delhi for their work and were on their way back to Hapur in the car on NH-24 on Saturday night. Sharma’s wife, Neha, had called him around 10.30pm and was told that the two would return after some time.
When the two did not turn up, the family launched a search which proved futile.
The bodies were found on Sunday morning by a farmer who saw the car parked in the jungles of Shyampur. When the police arrived, they found the two men covered in blood and their throats slit—one was sitting on the driver’s seat and the other on the rear seat.
During investigations, police officials found a piece of cloth hanging inside the car’s petrol tank which suggested that the culprits had tried to set fire to the car but had not succeeded.
Dog squad and forensic experts were also called in to help with the investigations. The police have recovered a mobile phone from the scene of the crime.
Initial investigations have ruled out robbery. Sharma’s father, Ram Kumar Sharma, a retired official from the electricity department, lodged an FIR against unidentified assailants and said that his son had no rivalry with anyone.
“We are yet to ascertain the motive behind the murder. Our investigations are on in the case and we are investigating every possible angle,” senior superintendent of police (SSP) Raghubir Lal said.