The police have claimed that the 48-year-old Bhabha Research Center (BARC) employee, who was found dead in his Breach Candy flat on Monday night appeared to be a loner, but his family has denied this.
Relatives of Mahadevan Padmanabhan Iyer, a grade 5 engineer with BARC, said he visited his family at Vasai often. “Mahadevan used to visit mother once a month,” said Iyer’s brother, Mahesh, who is the principal of a school in Nashik. “We are a close knit family and were always in touch.”
Mahesh’s neighbour said that Iyer loved to socialize. “He used to take part in every program organised by the Kerala Samaj in our locality,” said the neighbour, requesting anonymity.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Sanjay Mohite, said Iyer led a mysterious existence.
“It seems that he kept so much to himself that even the people working closely with him did not know his full name,” Mohite said. He did not seem to have any close friends and was not known for socialising much with anyone at work or in his locality.”
The police said that the security guard at Anand Bhavan, where Iyer lived, last saw Iyer close to midnight on Friday when he came home in a taxi.
“He had a holiday on Saturday so we do not know where he had come from that late in the night,” said Mohite. Police said Iyer did not have a mobile phone so it was difficult to trace his movements before his death.
The cause of Iyer’s death has also left the police baffled. The post mortem report said his death was caused by internal haemorrhage in the head but the police did not find any external head injury.
The police said they had found pornographic material, pictures of male models and cassettes of devotional songs from Iyer’s house.
The police also found a pack of condoms. Two condoms, taken out of the packet, were found near a table in the room where Iyer’s body was found. “However, the post mortem has not shown any signs of sexual intercourse,” the officer said.
Mohite also confirmed that two sets of fingerprints have been picked up from a glass found in Iyer’s house. These will be compared with those of some of Iyer’s colleagues.