The Salem Tabri Police, following a statement by Kamla Rani, mother of deceased, on Tuesday registered a case against five accused in Hari Kishan murder case, after 10 months of his death.
The case has been lodged under Sections 328 (causing hurt by means of poison) and 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) against Sanjiv Kumar, Lalit Kumar alias Laddi, Prince, Rana and Raju, who reportedly were 26-year-old Kishan alias Sonu's friends. Earlier, the police had filed the proceedings under Section 174 of CrPC.
In her complaint, Kamla stated that her son Sonu, a resident of Guru Har Sahai Nagar, was a driver at a retail outlet and went missing on July 10, 2014. She added that on July 11 his dead body was found lying under a tree on the side of Jassiyan road.
She also alleged that the accused were drug addicts and were forcing his son to smuggle the same for them. Kamla added that because his son denied smuggling drugs, following which the accused gave him some poisonous substance, which resulted in his death.
Meanwhile, Salem Tabri station house officer (SHO) inspector Maninder Bedi said that the death appeared to be that due to drug overdose, but the investigation was pending as the police was awaiting viscera report of the deceased, which was pending with the chemical laboratory.
The police have launched a manhunt for the arrest of the accused.