Delhi police have found the decomposed body of 18-year-old Nitish Kumar, nearly three months after he went missing from Najafgarh on April 6, at an abandoned building in west Delhi’s Baprola area.
“The body was highly decomposed when we found it and prima facie it appears that the boy had committed suicide on the day he went missing. The body has been sent for postmortem,” said R A Sanjeev, deputy commissioner of police, southwest Delhi.
Nitish had appeared for the final paper of his Class XII examination at a school in Najafgarh on the day he went missing, the police said. A case under Section 363 (punishment for kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code had been registered at Najafgarh police station.
Nitish’s family, however, refused to believe the police’s version. “The body was found hanging with one leg resting on a bicycle placed below the body. Also, the boy had a haircut the day before he went missing, but now we see long hair lying next to the body,” his uncle Ramesh Thakur alleged.
His family members also accused the police of laxity in their search for Nitish. According to the family, the Najafgarh police initially did not take the case seriously and even scolded the family for being “irresponsible”.
“Nitish was with his friend and was spotted at nearby JJ colony, but the police did not pay any heed. We had made at least 100 rounds of the Najafgarh police station, telling them this is a case of abduction,” said Ramesh.
“Police told us that Nitish had run away from the family as he was afraid about of the exam results, and also accused us of pressuring him over his studies,” he added.
The family rubbished the police’s theory and pointed out that Nitish was very hard working; he had secured 70 per cent marks in his Class XII exams, the results of which were declared recently.
His family members refuse to believe that the boy could have “succumbed to pressure and committed suicide”.
“Nitish was ambitious and he wanted to become a chartered accountant. He could never commit suicide,” Vikas, his uncle, said.
Ramesh said that only a couple of days before he went missing, his nephew had assured him that the exam results “would be fine” and there was “no need to worry”.