The city police on Sunday claimed to have identified the accused behind the murder of Ramaraju Sandesh, the 21-year-old B.Sc (second year marine science) student from Amity University who was murdered by unidentified men in his rented flat on Saturday afternoon. The incident had taken place in a high-rise at Sector 100 in Noida.
Police said that based on some facts and evidence that emerged in the initial investigation, a student who was enrolled in the tourism course with the same university has been identified as the prime accused.
Officials said that a police team was sent to trace the suspect to his home in Rohtak in Haryana, but he was found missing. They added that a surveillance team was also working to trace the accused and his friend and the other accused will also be identified soon.
“We still don’t know the motive behind the murder. According to the post-mortem report, the victim was attacked with an axe and a gun. Seven major wounds were found on his body, including a gunshot. The body was later handed over to his parents,” said Dinesh Yadav, superintendent of police (SP), Noida.
He added that the victim and his roommates had a party at a restaurant in Hauz Khas on the day of the murder, before returning to their flat in Noida.
Police said that no CCTV cameras were found installed in the society. However, they corroborated the statements of the deceased’s friends with those of the eyewitnesses and found that the two suspects had indeed entered the society.
The victim’s friends had told the police that they had heard him screaming ‘Aman don’t kill me’ and also heard two gun shots later. They also claimed to have seen two people fleeing the spot.
According to the police, the victim, who hailed from Nalgonda district in Telangana, died of major injuries over his head that were inflicted with an axe.