An employee of the Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC) was found dead in his Gamdevi home, late on Monday night.
The victim, Mahadevan Padmanabham Iyer (48), worked as a designer interactor in the BE Mechanical department of BARC.
The Gamdevi police initially registered a case of suicide based on circumstantial evidence, but after the autopsy report the police confirmed that it was a case of homicide.
The police have registered a case of murder against an unidentified person.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), Himanshu Roy, said Iyer, a native of Tamil Nadu, had been staying alone at the Anand Bhavan flat--located near Breach Candy Hospital--for seven years.
On Monday, at 11.30 pm Iyer’s neighbour and colleague called the police after he opened Iyer’s flat with a duplicate key and found his body.
“Since Iyer had not stepped out of his room for two days, his neighbour went to check on him,” Roy said.
“When he went close to Iyer’s house, he sensed a strange smell. Suspecting foul play he opened the door with a duplicate key and found Iyer's body.”
Roy said the police found a string tied around Iyer’s neck and registered a case of accidental death suspecting Iyer had committed suicide. “When the autopsy reports arrived it was confirmed that Iyer was murdered,” Roy said. “However, there were no signs of injuries on the body.”
The autopsy report said Iyer had suffered internal haemorrhage after being hit on the head with a blunt object. The report said Iyer was murdered hours before the body was found. “We have formed special team to investigate the murder,” said Roy.
Roy refused to comment on the motive behind the murder saying the police were investigating all angles.
Additional Commissioner of Police (South region), R.K. Padmanabhan, said: “We are trying to find out who was the last person to enter Iyer’s house.”