2 bodies found with faces burnt, kin of one victim held

Police said a passerby had alerted them about the bodies, after which a team was sent to the spot for identification.

New Delhi | Published:June 7, 2014 1:25 am

SARAH HAFEEZ

The semi-nude bodies of two men, whose faces were partially burnt, were found on a plot in North Delhi’s Burari area on Friday morning.

Within hours of the bodies being found, 45-year-old Somveer,a relative of one of the men, was arrested in connection with the murders.  According to police, Somveer, first strangled the two men and then poured toilet cleaner on their faces to burn their faces in order to make identification difficult. However, with the help of residents of the area, police managed to identified the two men as Shamsher Singh and his friend Manoj.

Police said a passerby had alerted them about the bodies, after which a team was sent to the spot for identification.  “While questioning the residents in the locality, we found that Somveer lived very close to the plot where the bodies were found. His neighbours told us that the two deceased, residents of Bagpat in Uttar Pradesh, had come to the locality to visit Somveer. We also found that Shamsher Singh’s son was married to Somveer’s daughter. After the visit the two went missing,” a senior police officer said.

A case of murder has been registered against Somveer. Police said during questioning, he confessed to the crime. He told police that Singh and his son often ill treated his daughter despite his repeated pleas and warnings.

Police said Somveer had invited Singh over to his house on Thursday to have a discussion and sort out the matter.
“On Thursday night Shamsher, Somveer and Manoj were having a drink together when an argument broke out. It began over Somveer warning Singh to stop ill-treating his daughter. Since the two were heavily drunk, he managed to overpower and strangle the duo. He then poured toilet cleaner over their faces.

Later, he dumped the bodies at a vacant plot and fled,” an officer said. “We are looking into Somveer’s record, but nothing has come to fore yet. Investigation in the case is on,” the officer said.

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