The body of an unidentified woman was found in a hotel in Paharganj,Central Delhi,on Thursday. The woman,who appears to be a foreigner,was staying in a room booked by a Kashmiri trader,police said.
The incident came to light on Thursday afternoon after a housekeeping staff at the Hindustan Guest House realised there was a foul smell emanating from one of the rooms. He informed the hotel reception. They called up the trader,who had reserved the room,and asked for keys to the room,police said.
G K Pandey,manager of the guest house,said,The room had been booked by a man named Manzoor Ahmed from Kashmir. He had checked into the hotel on March 23. When the housekeeping staff alerted us,we called Ahmed asking for the keys to the room. He told us that he had left the guest house and that there was the body of a foreign woman in his room. We immediately informed police who came and recovered the body.
We were informed about the incident by the hotel staff on Thursday afternoon. We broke into the room to find the body of a woman,who appears to be a foreigner,in a decomposed state, said a police officer.
Police said the body was beyond recognition. It appears that the woman was in her twenties. We did not find any other identification details. But the hotel staff informed us that the CCTV cameras in the reception had captured the image of the woman. We are now looking at the footage to establish her identity, the officer said.
Police have registered a case of murder and are on the lookout for Manzoor Ahmed. They recovered his passport and other belongings from the room,and have sent a police team to the Kashmir address mentioned in his passport.
The hotel staff told us that he was a regular at the hotel over the last five years. We are trying to verify with other hotels if any woman has been reported missing. We have registered a case of murder, said Aslam Khan,Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central).
Police said Manzoor Ahmed was in the 35- 40 age group and owned a handicrafts shop in Paharganj. They are also tracing his mobile phone signals to locate him.