THE BODY of an ex-serviceman who came to Chandigarh to meet officials of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) regarding his job was found in a hotel room in Zirakpur in mysterious circumstances on Monday.
The victim, Ravi Dutt, had been staying in the hotel for the last three days. The hotel is owned by former Chandigarh mayor Kamlesh.
Panic gripped those present at hotel The Shine Bravado, located on VIP road II, when the hotel staff found Dutt dead in his room. Dutt belonged to Bhurawal village in Jhajjar district of Haryana and booked a room in the hotel on September 2.
In his statement to the police, Sanjay, the manager of the hotel, said that around 11 am on Monday, Dutt met him and informed him that he wanted to check out, following which he went to the room to pack his clothes.
Sanjay told the police that a waiter went to Dutt’s room but the room was locked from inside and when the waiter knocked at the door, nobody responded. After this, the waiter opened the room with the master key.
Sanjay told the police that they opened the door and found that Dutt was lying unconscious on the bed. The police were informed about the incident. The police officials said that Dutt was taken to the local civil hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
Zirakpur Station House Officer Inspector Tirlochan Singh said that they were investigating the matter and the body had been kept in the mortuary. The exact cause of the death could be ascertained after the post-mortem.
Kamlesh, when contacted, said that a manager looked after the hotel, so she did not know anything about it.