The body of 28-year-old man from Manipur was found in a drain in Chirag Delhi on Sunday. Police said the man, identified as Wilungbou Chawang (28), lived in Naraina, Southwest Delhi. His body was discovered by passersby around 2 am, police said.
The police team that went to the spot to recover the body did not find any identification on him except for a cellphone. Police called Chawang’s brother from the cellphone who helped identify the body, police officers said.
According to police, Chawang had gone to his friend Dennis’ house in Chirag Delhi on Saturday night. Neil, a common friend was also there. The three men had alcohol after which Chawang suddenly left the house, police said.
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While police believe the death was accidental, Chawang’s family and friends have alleged foul play. Police said his friends and relatives filed a complaint in Malviya Nagar police station on Sunday evening.
Police said the body has been sent to AIIMS for an autopsy. “We are probing all angles and have begun proceedings under section 174 of CrPc. We are awaiting the post-mortem report. Further investigation will be conducted based on the findings,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) B S Jaiswal said.
So far, police have questioned two persons who claimed that they saw Chawang running on the road above the drain where his body was found. Police suspect that Chawang jumped over the railing and slipped into the drain. The impact of the fall might be the cause of death, police said.
Chawang’s friends and relatives, however, claimed otherwise. “Witnesses said they saw him running as if he was trying to run from someone,” Chawang’s younger brother Caleb claimed. The two brothers lived together in Naraina.
“The bruises on his head, behind his ears and on his hands do not look like injuries sustained from a fall. He may have got into a fight with somebody or was beaten up,” Chawang’s cousin Iramous claimed.
A member of the Northeast Support Centre and Helpline, Dr Alana Golmei, who had spoken to Dennis, claimed, “Chawang and Dennis had set out for Gwalior. When they reached Old Delhi Railway Station, they realised that they did not have identity cards. So they headed back to Dennis’ house in Chirag Delhi, where Neil joined them. When Dennis went to the washroom, Chawang, left. After 20 minutes of waiting, Dennis went to look for him. He could not find him, he called up Chawang’s younger brother, but could not get through. He then called up a woman from Chawang’s building. She, however, refused to go to Chawang’s flat to inform his brother. Dennis then returned home. He was informed of Chawang’s death in the morning.”
Holang Ngonamei, former president of the Zeliangrong Student’s Union, Delhi, said, “Chawang’s body will be sent to Manipur on Monday. His family lives in Home Town village in Senapaty district, Manipur. Chawang had been living in Delhi for the past four years. He and Dennis worked for a BPO.”