The charred body of a man found near Delhi Police Headquarters in January was initially suspected to be of a 22-year-old murder victim, but DNA report suggests it was someone else who was killed, said police sources Monday.
The family of Mohit Kumar, a resident of Jahangirpuri, had identified his body, but the police are now looking for him, said a source. Police are also trying to identify who was killed if not Kumar, added the source.
Investigators believe someone else was killed and his body was set on fire. “Prima facie it appears someone intentionally put belongings of a person at the crime scene. Now a hunt is on for the man initially suspected to be the victim,” said sources. Samples taken from Kumar’s mother did not match with the body, added the sources.
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Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Parmaditya said the police would seek another opinion from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory.
On January 19, police received information about an abandoned tempo on Salimgarh bypass flyover.
A senior officer said, “After reaching the spot, officials recovered a burnt body inside the tempo and some belongings such as shoes, wallet, cellphone. A case of murder was registered at I P Estate police station of Central Delhi.”
With the help of transport authority, the police found the owner of the tempo was Kumar, who used to deliver fruits, said the officer. Kumar’s family members informed the police that he had left Azadpur Sabzi Mandi for Okhla Sabzi Mandi on January 18 to deliver a consignment and was supposed to reach home by 9 pm. When he did not return, they called him, but he did not answer. “The family members identified his body and the post-mortem exam was conducted at Maulana Azad Medical College. They later handed over the body to the family for cremation,” added the officer.
Police teams from central district have started analysing call detail records of Kumar’s phone and are questioning his friends.