A 35-year-old branded garment salesman was found dead in his car in the parking lot opposite the Sector-17 post-office on Monday morning.
The police said prima facie it seemed that the victim — identified as Munish Chopra, a resident of Sector 15, Chandigarh — died due to excessive consumption of alcohol, but added that the exact cause would be known once the viscera report from Central Forensic Scientific Laboratory(CFSL), Sector 36 was received.
VICTIM WENT MISSING ON SUNDAY
Chopra was having a property dispute with his wife. A relative said police had detained him on Friday on a complaint from his wife.
“After the police detention, he had finally arrived at his home at 7am. Soon, he left for his job in Sector 17 and had not been seen since,” a relative said, adding that a missing complaint had been lodged.
The body of Chopra, in his white Hyundai Accent, was found by his mother Raj Chopra after he went to the shop where he worked to know the whereabouts of his son.
“The police had detained him on Friday after his wife’s complaint. Since then he had been depressed,” the mother said.
The police found that the body had decomposed and had starting giving a foul smell.
The car’s front doors were found to be locked.
The body was taken to Government Multispecialty Hospital (GMSH) Sector 16, where the body was handed over to the family after the post-mortem.
The report is expected to come by Tuesday. The police have not ruled out foul play and are investigating the matter.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (central) Satish Kumar said, “The body bore no injury marks. Preliminary investigation suggests that the victim was in inebriated condition and might have consumed alcohol in excess. The family have not named any suspects as yet.” He added that Chopra had been admitted to de-addiction centres to leave drinking twice, but had failed to curb his habit.
“We have started inquest proceedings under Section 174 (unnatural death) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC),” the DSP added.
UT senior superintendent of police Sukhchain Singh Gill also visited the victim’s house in Sector 15.