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Cops clueless if EIL engineer hanged self or was murdered

Two days after Shashank Yadav,28,who worked for Engineers India Limited,was found dead in a Noida stadium restroom,the police have not concluded whether he hanged himself or was murdered.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | Noida |
March 16, 2013 2:06:34 am

Two days after Shashank Yadav,28,who worked for Engineers India Limited,was found dead in a Noida stadium restroom,the police have not concluded whether he hanged himself or was murdered.

The police though have registered a case of murder after his father Vinod Yadav said Shashank was assisting a CBI probe into an alleged fake certificate that was submitted to help Turkish company Fernas Construction Pvt Ltd bag two projects valued at over Rs 2,000 crore and was being threatened by former EIL officials employed by the firm.

Senior police officers probing the case said there were too many inconsistencies to rule out either suicide or murder.

“This is a particularly complicated case as there are no eyewitnesses. The problem with the suicide theory is the question of why he was carrying a bag full of documents relating to the EIL investigation if his intent was to kill himself. Further,why would he go to the Noida stadium 500 metres away from home when he could lock himself in,” a senior officer said. “The murder theory too has its holes. His family and colleagues have alleged that he was being threatened by officials from the company under question. Why then would he leave the house in the dead of the night especially on a day he was to give a written statement to the CBI,as the family alleges. These are questions that need to be clarified.”

Shashank’s call records and the documents he was carrying with him could clarify the case for investigators.

“Call Detail Records will tell us if he was called out at night or whether he was under pressure. Since personal reasons for both suicide and murder have also not been ruled out,the CDR can give us some pointers in that regard as well. The documents need careful perusal and we need to check if some are missing. These two aspects are vital,” the officer said.

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