A highly-decomposed body of a missing Punjab youth was recovered under mysterious circumstances from a sewerage gutter of one Amarjeet’s house in Rattangarh village here on Saturday evening.
The deceased allegedly visited the house often as he had an affair with a girl residing there. According to sources, 22-yearold Sumit Sharma, who hailed from Uttar Pradesh (UP), was employed with a hotel at Banur, Patiala, and had been missing since February 25.
His brother, Sachin, said a missing person report was lodged at Banur police station on February 28. Sumit’s phone was switched off since then, he added.
Sources added that after mobile surveillance, Banur police, accompanied by Sachin, had raided Amarjeet’s house. Following interrogation, the inmates divulged about his death.
The police are interrogating the family and said they would be able to comment about the details only on Sunday.
Sachin said police visited Amarjeet’s house in search of the deceased earlier as well, as Sumit’s call details pointed towards it as his last location. But, the house was found locked.
When the neighbours were questioned again on Saturday, they said the family had shifted elsewhere. The police then summoned the family to the spot, following which the body was recovered, said sources.
Sachin alleged that his brother had been receiving threatening calls. Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Surinder Pal Singh, who had also reached the spot, said investigations were on, after which appropriate action against the culprits would be taken.
Police are also probing a murder angle.