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Panchkula teen found dead: College friend ‘last to meet’ Tansihq also missing

Two met in Mohali on Wednesday midnight, confirms their cell phone tower locations

punjab Updated: Nov 11, 2017 13:23 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan TImes, Panchkula
Tanishq Bhasin was found dead in Panchkula on Thursday morning.
Tanishq Bhasin was found dead in Panchkula on Thursday morning.(HT File)

A day after a 19-year-old SD College student was found dead in his car, police are looking for his friend who was apparently with him a few hours before the incident.

Tanishq Bhasin, a resident of Sector 4, Panchkula, and a second-year commerce student at SD College, Sector 32, was found dead in his car on Morni road on Thursday morning. He had a gunshot wound to his head and a revolver was found lying on his lap.

Sources said Tanishq had met a friend in Mohali on Wednesday night, as established by the tower location of their mobile phones.

“Tanishq had his last movement in Mohali, where he met someone and then his mobile was switched off,” confirmed Panchkula police commissioner AS Chawla.

His friend, who is a Mohali resident, is now missing and his phone has also been switched off, said sources.

Police have reached out to his family to know about his whereabouts. His father is a government employee in Punjab.

“We have issued a notice to the boy’s father, asking him to bring his son for police investigation on Saturday morning,” said a senior police officer, on the condition of anonymity.

He said the friend’s testimony is vital to know details, leading to Tanishq’s death.

“However, his sudden disappearance raises questions. It’s possible he panicked, expecting police questioning. Hopefully, he will join the probe and help us link the dots,” said the officer.

Police said though the Mohali youth was not Tanishq’s classmate, they knew each other well.

The police on Friday also questioned two of Tanishq’s close friends, who are learnt to have said Tanishq once asked them about bringing a gun from Uttar Pradesh.

Assistant commissioner of police (ACP, law and order) Noopur Bishnoi, who is probing the matter, said it was too early to say whether there was any foul play. “Our focus at the moment is on finding how he procured the sophisticated gun. According to initial probe, the weapon did not belong to anyone in Panchkula. We are now enlarging our probe and checking national database for more clues about the weapon,” she said.

Commissioner Chawla said it was a dangerous trend if youngsters could lay their hands on weapons so easily. “Our initial reports suggest that it was an original weapon but to confirm this, we have sent it to government laboratory in Madhuban,” said Chawla

Even as Tanishq’s kin have pointed to the possibility of the deadly online game, Blue Whale, the postmortem conducted on Friday ruled out any external injury except the bullet wound.

His uncle Anil Bhasin said razor blades were also recovered from Tanishq’s bag. Also, he had written two sentences in bold letters in his notebook: ‘Wake me up at 7.15 am’ and ‘Let my vest dry in open’.

“Though these two sentences do not make any sense, the blades raise questions,” he said.

First Published: Nov 11, 2017 10:13 IST

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