Day after bodies of two property dealers were found under mysterious circumstances in Nangal, Ropar district, police said they are waiting for the post-mortem report.
The bodies of the Panchkula-based property dealer and his associate from Solan in Himachal were recovered from an SUV parked near Capt Amol Kalia park, about 6km from Bhakra Nangal dam.
Though the police are investigating the case from a suicide angle, they did not rule out the possibility of murder.
Ropar SSP Varinder Paul Singh told the Chandigarh Newsline that prima facie it seems that both Ramesh Kumar and Gurcharan Singh committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance, but they are probing the matter from all angles.
“We have recorded the statements of the family members of both the deceased and also analysing their call details. Preliminary investigation is indicating that there was no foul play, but we could not say anything until we get the post-mortem report,” he said.
Meanwhile, the bodies have been handed over to the families of the deceased and police have started the inquest proceedings under Sections 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.PC).
The police said they are also waiting for the CFSL (Central Forensic Science Laboratory) report of the prasad that the deceased consumed before their death.
Families allege foul
The family members of the Panchkula property dealer alleged that someone had mixed a poisonous substance in the prasad consumed by him.
Talking to the Chandigarh Newsline, Gurcharan’s uncle Dharam Pal Negi said: “He had left the village around 7.30am along with Ramesh and told us that he was going to pay obeisance at a dargah and would return by the evening. But around 12noon, we got a call from the police about the incident.”
Gurcharan was 45 and is survived by his wife and three children, including two sons and a daughter (15). His elder brother had died a few years ago and younger one recently got married. He had two younger sisters who are married.
“The two knew each other since the past 15 years and worked together. Ramesh used to live in a nearby village, Barotiwala, while his family stayed in Solan in Himachal Pradesh. There was no such
major financial problem that he told us about. We do not know what happened, may be someone mixed some poison in the prasad to kill them. We are waiting for the post mortem report and for the police investigation to reveal something,” said Dharam Pal.
Though the family has not yet levelled any allegations against any accused, they suspect foul play. Gurcharan’s body was brought to the village and cremated here on Friday.