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Police doubt it is murder, but nothing substantial to confirm suicide

india Updated: May 13, 2008 02:10 IST
Ravi Bajpai

Despite a case of murder being registered, the police have nothing conclusive to establish 22-year-old NRI student Keanan Mehra was killed in his Hudson Lines home. The body was found in a small lobby just inside the apartment door, with some blood splattered in the adjoining bathroom. A knife was stuck on the right side of the neck. There was an injury on the head, possibly sustained when he fell, said an officer.

So, how did Mehra’s killer walk out of his house and bolt the door from inside? Policemen trying to find an answer to this question till late Monday invariably drew a blank. "There isn’t enough space for anyone to bolt the door from outside, and also no space, other than the door, from where anyone can leave the house," said an officer.

That’s not the only probability that baffled cops, said. There’s another door on the terrace apartment that opens into the stairway that leads downstairs. This door was also bolted.

"If we assume the killer indeed managed to leave the house successfully, how did he climb down the three-storey building?" said an officer.

Police also said no fingerprints, other than Mehra’s, were found from the house. There weren’t any sign of robbery or struggle either.

Keanan’s landlord Harjeet Singh added more doubt to the murder theory, saying the boy had moved in about a fortnight back and he lived mostly by himself, without any friends or visitors.

Despite the doubts, police also do not have anything substantial to suggest Mehra committed suicide. Maneesh Agrawal, Deputy Commissioner of Police, said they did not find any suicide note or anything to suggest he was depressed. A police officer said Mehra’s post-mortem would throw more light on the puzzle.

Mehra’s parents, in the US, have been informed and police were speaking to Mehra’s aunt, who lives in Vaishali, Ghaziabad for more details.

"We are enquiring if Mehra had some problems. He came to India about two months back and stayed with her initially," said an officer.