Prima facie, the police is treating it as a case of suicide. But the family claims otherwise, and will lodge an FIR under Section 302 (punishment of murder) of the IPC.
Barely 200 meters away from police post in Crossings Republik, a 28-year-old property dealer was found dead under mysterious circumstances with a bullet injury on his forehead. Police found his body inside the tall bushes of a muddy path going towards Dundahera Village, adjacent to the township. A country-made pistol and a White Swift car has been recovered near the body, which, police believes, belong to the deceased.
Police also found a disposable glass, liquor bottle, and few cigarettes inside the car which was parked near the police post.
According to police, the body bore a gunshot wound between the eyebrows on the forehead.
By looking at the injury, it appears the bullet was shot at point-blank range, police added.
SP (city), Ghaziabad told City Spidey that the police found the dead body in the wee hours of Friday. “A few people who went for a morning walk spotted the body and informed us around 5:30 am,” added Kumar.
Police have identified the deceased as Ashwini Sharma, a resident of Chipiyana Buzurg, a village in the proximity of Crossings. The brother of the deceased told City Spidey that Ashwini used to work as a property dealer at his shop at Jaat Chowk of Chipiyana Buzurg.
Kumar further told that last night, Ashwini in an inebriated state, had called his friend Kishan and told him that “this is our last conversation, record it as I’m going to die.” “Initially, Kishan took it lightly, considering it as a joke as Ashwini sounded heavily drunk, but later, called one of the relatives of Ashwini, who is a sub-inspector under Delhi Police,” Kumar added.
Upendra Kumar Agrawal, SSP, Ghaziabad, said prima facie, the case appears to be a suicide.
However, the family of the deceased is refuting the suicide claim and have alleged that Ashwini has been murdered.
Mohit Sharma, younger brother of the deceased, told City Spidey that Ashini had no reason to commit suicide. "My brother maintained good relations at home and with his friends. He was the liveliest person in his friend circle,” he added.
He also questioned the credibility of Kishan's version of events. “He was not that close a friend that my brother would remember him before dying,” he added.
The family is now planning to lodge an FIR under Section 302 (punishment of murder) of the IPC.
Meanwhile, the body of the deceased has been sent for post-mortem.
Residents of the Crossings Republik opined that such an incident taking place in the proximity of a police post poses a grim situation of law and order in the area. Just a few days ago, two bike-borne assailants snatched a gold chain from an elderly woman in broad daylight.