The headless body of the son of a senior government official was found in a village in Haryana's Rewari. The 26-year-old had been abducted from Delhi on July 29 and used to work as health officer in Max Bupa Health Insurance in Saket. His father works in the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC).
A case of abduction had been registered in South Delhi's South Campus police station on August 2. The Haryana Police have now registered a case of murder at their Kasola police station. Police are investigating the case from different angles, including personal enmity and love affair.
Alleging improper investigation, the family of the deceased has claimed that Srikant was murdered by one of his friends, Sanjay Bhattacharya.
According to Srikant's father Sheeshpal Singh, investigators had picked up Bhattacharya on August 5 for questioning, but had let him go in the evening. He alleged that the investigations picked pace only only after a summon was sent to them by the NCSC Chairman.
Bhattacharya has now gone underground and police are looking for him.
On July 29, Bhattacharya had called Srikant and asked him to meet him at his office in Saket. "My son left home around 1pm in his Hyundai i10 car, saying he was going to meet Bhattacharya and will go to Greater Noida with him. After that, we could not reach him as his phone was switched off," said Sheeshpal.
Initially, a missing person's report was lodged at the South Campus police station on July 30. It was later changed to abduction when the Singh family apprised the police about their suspicions on August 2.
"We learnt that Bhattacharya was in Manali. Along with the investigating officer of the case, we went there and traced him. Instead of grilling him and despite the promise that my son will be traced within two days, the police let Bhattacharya off, saying no proof could be found about his involvement," Sheeshpal added.
Refuting the family's allegations, Chhaya Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (south), said, "All possible help was extended to the family. We managed to connect the case with the mystery behind the unidentified body recovered by the Haryana Police. We are coordinating with them and helping them in solving the case."
Sharma further added that it was because of their efforts that Srikant's mobile phone could be traced, as they found that it was in active use once more. The person using the phone has been apprehended.
Delhi Police are also questioning some of Srikant's friends and colleagues. Efforts to trace Bhattacharya are on.