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22-year-old man charred in car: Family alleges foul play

The family of 22-year-old Ashish Rathee who was charred after his car caught fire at Chhawla in Southwest Delhi on May 27 has alleged foul play in the incident.

The family of 22-year-old Ashish Rathee who was charred after his car caught fire at Chhawla in Southwest Delhi on May 27 has alleged foul play in the incident.

Ashish was on his way to a temple nearby when the incident happened. The family said the the car and the body were found in Chhawla,where he had no reason to go.

Ashish’s father Sukhbir Singh Rathee — a retired inspector from Border Security Force (BSF) — told Newsline that the incident did not appear to be an accident.

“He had gone to the Shani mandir. He had to take his mother to the doctor after that. How did he reach Chhawla? The car was so badly burnt that even the alloy wheels had melted away. There is the involvement of another person,” Rathee said.

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According to police,Ashish was passing through Bado Sarai village when his car caught fire. He raised an alarm when he spotted fumes emanating from the vehicle’s bonnet. Ashish could not get out of the vehicle apparently because the doors got locked,police had said.

However,Ashish’s family said the roof had a glass panel,which could have been opened by hand. Ashish could have opened it and got out of the car,they said.

“Someone must have drugged him and he might have fallen unconscious. When he regained consciousness,even in that burnt condition,he must have broke open the door and dragged himself out,” said Ashish’s relative Ravinder Gehlot.

Family members,however,said Ashish had no enemies nor was he involved in any love affair.