A body with severe injury marks was found in a car at Noorwala Road around 3am on Wednesday.
The victim has been identified as Satpal Singh, 35, a resident of Bhoma village near the Meharban area. He was the driver of a container with an Ahmedgarh-based company and had gone on a tour 15 days ago.
The body was found in his own car by a patrolling party of police. The injury marks suggested that the victim was killed brutally with some sharp-edged weapon.
The victim did not visit his home before going on the tour on September 6.
Victim’s father Gurjinder Singh, who recorded his statement with the Meharban police station, said the victim’s brotherin-law Bantu came to their home on Tuesday and told them that Satpal had asked him to get his car from his home.
Gurjinder also told police that Satpal had also called up his wife Jaswinder Kaur asking her to hand over the keys to Bantu.
According to the police, when a police party was on a patrol on Noorwala road, they found a Skoda-make car parked in the middle of the road. The police got suspicious and searched the car and found a body without clothes with brutal marks on it.
The car had broken down in the middle of the road as its front tyre landed in a pit on the road which led to breakage of its axle.
The police suspect that the killers left the vehicle with the body as they were not able to dispose it off. The body was sent for a post-mortem examination at civil hospital.
The police have already taken some persons in custody for questioning regarding the murder.
Station of house officer (SHO) of the Meharban police station, sub-inspector Rajesh Thakur said a case was registered against unidentified persons.
The police have initiated an investigation into the murder.