Three friends in their early twenties were found dead in mysterious circumstances inside a rented accommodation in railway quarters in south Delhi’s Lodhi Colony area, said police Friday.
The half-charred and decomposed bodies were discovered by the wife of one of the victims when she came to look for her husband Thursday. Police have ruled out the possibility of foul play in initial probe, but the families of the deceased are not convinced.
“It appears they were consuming liquor and smoking inside the room during which they fell unconscious and a fire broke out. Initial medical report suggests that they died of suffocation, but the post-mortem report is awaited,” said a police officer.
Police identified the deceased as Sandeep, Ganesh and Gaurav. Sandeep lived in the one-room rented accommodation, built on the terrace of two-storey quarters in Sewa Nagar of Lodhi Colony, with his parents and two siblings. His family was out of the city at a relative’s house Tuesday when he called Ganesh and Gaurav for partying, said police sources. Both Ganesh and Gaurav were unemployed and lived in nearby Indira Camp with their families, added the sources.
Ganesh’s wife Deepa, accompanied by her sister, reached Sandeep’s residence looking for her husband Thursday afternoon. Deepa found the gate of the terrace shut from inside. They crossed over from another terrace and discovered the bodies.
Deepa said, “My husband had gone to get his phone repaired on March 29, but did not return till next morning. Waiting till Wednesday night, I thought Sandeep might have some clue about him as he often visited him.
She also said Sandeep’s landlady, Pushpa Chauhan, did not turn up to help and with the help of other neighbours, she made a call to the police. Sources said Chauhan had given the room to Sandeep’s father on Rs 3,000 per month rent.
The family members of all the deceased blamed Chauhan, an employee in the Railways, for their death. They questioned why she did not check the room for the past three days. “If there was a fire, then she could have checked and informed the police, but she did not. Police should check her role in the incident,” said Deepa. Chauhan was not available for comment. Sandeep and Ganesh are of Nepalese origin. Gaurav was from Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.