Constable’s body found in water tank

A 23-year-old constable posted with the Seventh Battalion of the Delhi Police was found dead inside a water tank at the Police Training Centre in South Delhi’s Malviya Nagar area on Thursday morning.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:May 4, 2012 1:29 am

A 23-year-old constable posted with the Seventh Battalion of the Delhi Police was found dead inside a water tank at the Police Training Centre in South Delhi’s Malviya Nagar area on Thursday morning.

While police are yet to register a case,family members of the victim,Manish Hooda,hailing from Haryana,said his body was found in a crouching position inside the tank — which was “almost” full — and also had strangulation marks around the neck.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Chhaya Sharma said,“A post-mortem examination has been conducted. Further investigations will be conducted based on the autopsy report.”

According to police,the incident was reported at 9.30 am on Thursday when police received a PCR call from a personnel living in the barracks.

“The personnel noticed one of Hooda’s slippers lying in the area. This aroused his suspicion and he looked around for Hooda. It was then that he discovered the body in the tank,” a police officer said.

According to police,the tank was about four-and-a-half feet deep with a capacity of 1,000 litres. Hooda lived on the first floor of the barracks and the tank is located on the terrace,police said.

Investigations have revealed that Hooda was last seen with his colleagues in the barracks area around 12.15 am on Thursday.

Investigating officers said Hooda,perhaps,slipped inside the tank while trying to fetch water. “When the water supply began,he might not have been able to get out of the tank in time. This could be the reason why his body was found in a crouching position. So far,no external injuries have been noticed and we are not suspecting any foul play yet,” said a senior police officer.

Munish Hooda joined the force in 2010 and the Seventh Battalion,three months ago. Hooda’s cousins and his father as well as his brothers are all posted in the Delhi Police. The family resides in Mungan Village,20 km from Rohtak in Haryana.

Police said Hooda never indicated that he had any work or personal crises. Hooda had,in fact,returned from his village on Wednesday afternoon.

Hooda’s family,meanwhile,alleged foul play in his death. “Munish’s hands were together and it looked like someone had pushed him inside the tank. His body had red marks around the neck,which is indicative of strangulation. There were injury marks on his abdomen and chest too,” said Munish’s father Krishan Lal,who is posted as a head constable at the Mayur Vihar police station.

However,investigating officers said no weapon or wire,which could have been used for strangulation,were recovered from the spot.

“I spoke to him last evening around 9 pm and he was fine. He had been running a fever and told me that he had visited a doctor and taken medicines. It cannot be a case of suicide,since he never showed any sign of depression,” said Krishan Lal.

Hooda’s uncle Jaidev said,“Munish was six-feet tall. There is no way he could drown in a tank which is four-feet deep.” Jaidev too is posted as a head constable with the Diplomatic Security Force (DSF) at Chanakyapuri.

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