The charred bodies of four men from Delhi were found in a car in Haryana’s Bahadurgarh on Thursday. Police said the car was parked on a road on the outskirts of Issarhedi village. Villagers informed police after they came across the burnt car in the morning.
Police said the dead belonged to two villages in Najafgarh. “Two bodies were in the boot and two more on the back seat. Though the car was charred, we managed to decipher its registration number. It was a Delhi number (DL 8C AF 7229). We got in touch with Delhi Transport Authority and found that the car was registered in the name of one Manish of Mitraon village in Najafgarh. Manish and three friends — Sudhir and Mandeep of the same village and a minor from Samaspur village – were missing since Wednesday,” Jhajjar SP Rajesh Duggal said.
Haryana Police registered a case of murder and destruction of evidence based on a complaint lodged by Manish’s bother Narender. “Since there is a formal complaint, we registered a case. An autopsy will be done on Friday,” a police officer said. Earlier, both the Haryana and the Delhi Police had refused to register a case.
According to police, the youth may have been murdered by a rival gang at another location and the bodies set on fire in Issarhedi village to destroy evidence. Police suspect that after murdering them, the killers drove the car with the bodies all the way to Jhajjar and set it ablaze.
“We are probing if a rival gang killed Manish and his friends,” Kaptan Singh, DSP (Bahadurgarh), said. Another of Manish’s brother Naveen is facing over a dozen criminal cases, including three related to murder, and is in Tihar Jail since 2010. Manish’s family believes the four were abducted, murdered and their bodies burnt by Ravinder Golu and his brother Dharmender.
Golu and Dharmender belong to Mitraon village, police said “The men were not murdered in Delhi. Their bodies were found in Bahadurgarh, hence the case will be registered in their jurisdiction. No case has been registered in Delhi, but we are cooperating in the investigation,” a senior Delhi Police officer said.