Owner of a mobile fast food van who had gone missing on Sunday was found murdered in Jandiali village on Monday morning.
The victim, Gurdev Singh, 40, was a resident of Gurbagh Colony at Ludhiana-Chandigarh road.
Though the body had no injury marks, it had turned black, leading police to suspect that the victim was poisoned.
Gurdev’s son, Babbaljit Singh, told the police that his father ran a mobile fast food van at Gol Market of Jamalpur area in the name of Punjabi Rasoi.
He had on Sunday morning left on his scooter to purchase raw material for his eatery and had carried `70,000 in cash with him, but forgot to take his mobile phone with him.
When Gurdev did not return till evening, the family visited the raw material shop in his search, but to no avail, and filed a missing complaint at Moti Nagar police station.
It was a passerby who found the body on Monday morning and informed the police who reached the spot and identified the victim as Gurdev and informed his family.
The police found a plate, a fry pan, a sack and some other materials from the spot. Police said preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was killed for money as no cash was found on the spot.
Sub-inspector Kamalijit Singh, station house officer (SHO), Moti Nagar police station, said a case of murder had been registered against unidentified persons and the body had been sent to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, for autopsy.