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Panchkula: College student found dead in car ‘wasn’t depressed, didn’t own gun’

Tanishq Bhasin had no reason to kill himself and hours before his death told his father that he’s coming home, says his uncle.

punjab Updated: Nov 10, 2017 18:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Panchkula
Tanishq Bhasin, 19, was found in the driver’s seat of his Toyota Corolla car near Berwala village in Panchkula on Thursday morning. His father is an HC advocate.
Tanishq Bhasin, 19, was found in the driver’s seat of his Toyota Corolla car near Berwala village in Panchkula on Thursday morning. His father is an HC advocate.(HT Photo)

A 19-year-old college student who was found dead in his car with a gunshot wound in his head on Thursday wasn’t depressed and didn’t own the revolver found with him, says his family.

Tanishq Bhasin, a second-year commerce student at SD College in Chandigarh, was found when a passerby spotted his white Toyoto Corolla near Berwala village on Morni Road in Panchkula and called the police at around 9am. The car was locked and police had to break a windowpane to get in, said Noopur Bishnoi, assistant commissioner of police (law and order).

“The victim was found dead on the driver’s seat with a bullet injury to the head,” said Bishnoi. “A revolver along with an empty shell were also recovered on searching the car.” “Prima facie, it looks like a case of suicide, but we are not ruling out anything at this stage,” she said.

A police officer investigating the case said a revolver lay on Tanishq’s lap and there were blood stains everywhere in the car. The officer, who didn’t wish to be named, said a shot was misfired from the revolver, suggesting Tanishq might have panicked while shooting himself on the first attempt.

“The victim’s father has denied owning the weapon or knowing anything about it,” said Bishnoi. She said the police are trying to trace the revolver’s owner.

Anil Bhasin, Tanishq’s uncle, said it was a mystery how he managed to get an expensive revolver. “It is a German-made weapon and costs not less than Rs 4 lakh in India,” said Anil Bhasin.

Police found Tanishq’s mobile phone in the car and are verifying his call details and checking closed-circuit television cameras. They suspect that Tanishq, who lived in Sector 4 of Panchkula, died at around midnight Wednesday. He called his father, Punjab and Haryana high court advocate Sunil Bhasin, at around 10:30pm on Wednesday to say that he will return home late.

Anil Bhasin said the college student left home at 6.30pm on Wednesday, saying he was meeting his friends. “Then at 8:30pm, he talked to his father, saying that he was coming for dinner. But then at 10:30pm, he again called to say he would get late,” said Anil Bhasin. Tanishq’s mother is visiting a relative abroad.

Anil Bhasin said Tanishq was an intelligent student and planned to go abroad after graduation. The family hadn’t noticed any behavioural change in him. “His friends who visited us too said he did not show any sign of depression,” he said.

The family can’t believe Tanishq killed himself. “We want police to probe the case from all angles,” he said.

First Published: Nov 10, 2017 09:14 IST

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