Panchkula: Student found dead in car with bullet injuries

Panchkula: Student found dead in car with bullet injuries

The 19-year-old teenager was a second-year BCom student of SD College in Sector 32

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The car parked at Panchkula Chandimandir police station on Thursday. (Express photo: Jaipal Singh)

A 19-YEAR-OLD second year BCom student of SD College-32 was found dead in his Toyota Corolla car on the Barewala-Morni road on Thursday morning. The deceased was identified as Tanishq Bhasin, a resident of Sector 4 and son of advocate Sunil Bhasin. There was a single gunshot injury on his temple. According to preliminary investigations, it is a suicide. A sophisticated .32 bore pistol was found in the right hand of the deceased.

Police were informed about a body lying in the driver’s seat of a Toyota Corolla parked on the side of the road on Thursday morning. A passer-by informed the police control room and a team reached the spot around 9.30 am. The vehicle was found locked from inside.

Police also did not rule out the possibility that it could be a case of Blue Whale, although they were yet to substantiate it. “So far, it appears to be a case of suicide. We have not found traces of any other person’s presence near the scene of crime. We are also examining the aspect of blue whale since the deceased’s parents told us that he used to spend a lot of time on his cellphone. Certain things we have recovered from his personal belongings, which indicate a possibility that he was playing Blue Whale, but that is yet to be established,” said DSP Noopur Bishnoi.

Police opened the car lock with the help of a locksmith. “The deceased was identified on the basis of his Aadhaar card, driving licence, college ID-card, which were found in his wallet. A bag was also found lying in the rear seat of the car. From the bag, we recovered a pack of cigarettes, a mobile phone, Rs 2,300, a pack of chips, two blades, one razor and a few notebooks. We also recovered two empty bullet shells – one from inside the car and another outside. It appears that Tanishq first fired a shot in the air and then shot himself dead,” a police officer told Chandigarh Newsline.


Tanishq was the only son of his parents. He had two sisters, Priyanka, who is married in Singapore, and Ankita, who works with a multinational company in Gurgaon. Priyanka was blessed with a baby girl a few days ago. His mother Sweeti Bhasin is currently in Singapore and expected to return in a day or two. She was informed about the death of her son Thursday morning.

According to Tanishq’s family, he left home on Wednesday evening around 6.30 pm. His father told the police that his son used to step out of home late in the evening occasionally and return the next morning. Sunil Bhasin, Tanishq’s father, said, “My son did not have any enmity with anybody. He was excellent in studies and BCom first year topper in his college. He was introvert and never indulged in any kind of conflict with anybody. I was away to one of my friends’ place last night and when I returned, I found the Corolla missing. Since Tanishq used to drive it, I assumed he must have gone to one of his friend’s places. This morning, I was shocked to receive a phone call from the police informing me about his death,” said Sunil Bhasin, father of Tanishq.

“We were celebrating since Sunil had become a grandfather. We were together at a friend’s place till late night yesterday. This morning, we received this tragic news about Tanishq’s death,” one of Sunil’s friends told Chandigarh Newsline.

Sunil’s body was kept at Sector 6 civil hospital’s mortuary. Police on Thursday initiated inquest proceedings in the case and post-mortem will be done on Friday.

Police probe how he procured the weapon

Police could not find how Tanishq procured a sophisticated weapon that he purportedly used to shoot himself. “The .32 bore pistol is not a country-made weapon. It is a sophisticated pistol. We are trying to find out how he procured it. The family claims that none of them had a weapon. Even Tanishq’s father has not been able to tell us the source from where his son might have procured the pistol. We are in the process of questioning some of Tanishq’s close friends to find out. We are also scrutinising his phone call records to find out who is the person whom Tanishq last spoke with before killing self,” said DCP (Panchkula) Manbir Singh.

Scrutiny of Tanishq’s call records

The scrutiny of call records of Tanishq’s cellphone revealed that he had made a call to his servant at 9.30pm last night and told him that he would come home for dinner. The police have sealed Tanishq’s room at his Sector 4 house for conducting a thorough search. A team of police will also visit SD College in Sector 32 to find out the reasons behind the death. The .32 bore pistol is a German-made pistol.