Noida: Retired colonel’s decomposed body found in his home
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Noida: Retired colonel’s decomposed body found in his home

The retired army man, who had been living alone, is believed to have been dead for three days

noida Updated: Jun 22, 2017 23:16 IST
Sohil Sehran
Sohil Sehran
Hindustan Times
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Relatives of the retired army man step out of his residence on Thursday. He is believed to have been dead for three days.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)

The body of an 80-year-old retired army officer was found in his house in Sector 37 on Thursday. He is believed to have died three days ago. Police said the victim, Kulbhushan Manocha, was a retired colonel who had been living in Arun Vihar for 27 years.

A police team and a dog squad reached the spot after getting calls from local residents about a foul smell coming from the house and the suspected death of the retired colonel.

Circle officer, City-1, Abhinandan, who visited the spot said a domestic help reached the house around 8am on Thursday. The foul smell coming from the house raised her suspicions and informed the security guards and other residents.

“Locals gathered and found that the two doors to the ground-floor house were locked from inside. There was no response to the doorbell and knocks on the door. We went to the spot and broke open the doors. The body had decomposed and there was a bad smell all around,” said Abhinandan.

Police said Manocha’s wife died two-and-half years ago. He had been living alone and the domestic help would come to do household chores.

He is survived by two sons. One of them, Rajiv, is a brigadier in the army, posted in Kolkata, and the other, Kishore, is a businessman in Singapore, according to the police.

The circle officer said no case has been registered in this regard as the family refused to file a complaint or get a post-mortem examination conducted.

“We contacted the family members and they refused to get a post-mortem exam or an investigation. Moreover, the death was natural and there was no mark of any force applied on the body,” he said.

The body was found on the floor and it seems the deceased fell from the bed. There was no sign of any criminal activity at the spot, said police.

Police said locals had last seen Manocha on Sunday morning.

During questioning, the help said that she had been visiting the house since Monday morning but hadn’t been getting a response. She thought the army officer did not open the door as he was sleeping.

However, the foul smell on Thursday morning made her suspicious and she informed others in the area.

First Published: Jun 22, 2017 23:16 IST