Dead son of industrialist ‘murdered’
Abhinav Sachdeva (20), the only son of yarn industrialist Sunil Sachdeva who was missing since Thursday evening under mysterious circumstances and was found dead on Saturday evening, was "murdered" as the body bore injury marks on various parts.punjab Updated: Sep 17, 2012 12:46 IST
Abhinav Sachdeva (20), the only son of yarn industrialist Sunil Sachdeva who was missing since Thursday evening under mysterious circumstances and was found dead on Saturday evening, was "murdered" as the body bore injury marks on various parts.
The medical board, which performed post-mortem on Abhinav's body, suspect murder, though the doctors have kept pending a final decision on the cause of death till report of chemical analysis was received.
According to civil hospital sources, it was prima facia evident that Abhinav was "tortured to death".
According to a preliminary report prepared by the medical board comprising Dr Avinash Jindal, Dr Ramesh and Dr Bindu, the corpse bore multiple injuries on almost all parts of the decomposed body, found on Saturday evening in a vacant plot on Pakhowal road. A severe injury caused by a blunt weapon on the back of the head was also found.
Sources said that the victim was also poisoned and had electrocution marks on his feet. The body also had ligature marks on wrists and feet as if he was tied with rope or piece of cloth.
Meanwhile, the family of Abhinav alleged apathy on part of police and civil hospital authorities. According to family members, police had discouraged them from going to civil hospital for post-mortem as, officials claimed, the body would be handed over to the kin only on Sunday.
The family also claimed that instead of preserving the body in a freezer, hospital employees dumped it in the open due to which its condition deteriorated further by Sunday. The bereaved family also accused police officials of forcing them to receive the body and cremate it.
Kin accuse traffic cop of 'blackmailing' Abhinav
The family of Abhinav alleged that a traffic police head constable was "blackmailing or threatening" him for some unknown reason.
They claimed that they had raised the issue with police officials, but the latter were trying to sidetrack the issue instead of questioning head constable Ranbir Singh.
The family also said that the police official had called up Abhinav three times on Thursday. The last call that Abhinav received Ranbir was on 6:38pm on Thursday and the conversation lasted 38 seconds.
The kin also alleged that when they persisted, police questioned Ranbir Singh in an unsatisfactory manner. Ranbir reportedly maintained that he had called up Abhinav since the youth had contacted him once regarding a traffic challan.
The family members also said that Abhinav's phone was traced to village Phullanwal since 9pm on Thursday till 4am on Friday, after which the phone was switched off.
Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Gurpreet Singh Toor said that police were investigating the matter seriously and would act accordingly.
Toor said that a traffic head constable had made three calls to Abhinav on Thursday and that they would verify the facts and involve the said cop in investigations in the case.
First Published: Sep 16, 2012 22:20 IST