Around 36 hours after the recovery of naked bodies of a boy and a girl from the Devi Lal Park on the GT Road near Murthal town of the district, the police are clueless about the identity of the victims and the accused, prompting the state director general of police (DGP) YP Singhal to announce an award of `1 lakh for any clue about the victims or the accused.
Sonepat superintendent of police (SP) Ashok Kumar has been called to Chandigarh on Tuesday and the police have formed two more teams, taking the total number to 7, to get information about the family members of the victims.
However, police sources told Hindustan Times, "It seems that the bodies might have brought from Delhi side and the accused could have taken a U-turn from the nearby turn on the busy GT road. Also, it was difficult for them to cross GT road with heavy trunks".
"The possibility of the victims being local is also very little, as the police has already approached all police stations of the nearby districts", said a police officer, associated with the investigation.
He added, "It is sure that it is an honour killing, as they have also tried to burn the bodies with liquor, but the fire got extinguished soon after the boxes were closed due to lack of oxygen".
He said, "The criminals seem to be professional killers as they did not leave any clue. Also it seems that the crime was not committed in haste, as they severed the legs of the boy with a cutter to fit his body in the box. They could have dumped the bodies anywhere else, but there might be some motive to keep trunks in a public place".
Sonepat DSP Mukesh Kumar said, "All the police teams are searching for any clue about the accused or the victims. We are sure that we will get some information soon".
He said, "The police are also investigating the CCTV footage of the nearby toll plazas, in order to decode the message written on boxes (BX-5 on box containing the boy and IXR-5 on the box containing the girl) with red ink".
The DSP said, "The police are also questioning the manufacturers and retailers of steel trunks in the region, as it will be easy to trace the accused if we trace the person who has sold the two trunks of the same size in the past few days".
He also sought public support to identify the victims, who were kept in the mortuary ward of the civil hospital, Sonepat. He said the police have also issued advertisements with the photographs of the deceased so that their family members could approach the police.
On Monday, the police recovered the naked bodies of a boy and a girl from Devi Lal Park around 9am, after the chowkidar of the park informed the police in this regard. A team from Murthal police station, along with forensic experts, reached the spot and broke open the boxes and found the bodies inside.