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Thursday, October 9, 2014

268 - IIT boy's death: Cops don't rule out abetment - TNN

IIT boy's death: Cops don't rule out abetment
Purusharth Aradhak, TNN | Oct 8, 2014, 03.57AM IST

NOIDA: The father of the IIT-Delhi student who was found dead in an apartment complex in Noida last week was questioned by the police on Tuesday, a day after a murder case was filed on the basis of his complaint.

Mahavir Bhardwaj has alleged that his 21-year-old son, Anchal, didn't commit suicide but was murdered by his cousin and his family. Anchal died after he purportedly fell from his cousin's eighth floor flat in the housing complex in Sector 121 last Friday.

Even as police said they were also probing if Anchal was driven to suicide - he was accused of stealing jewellery belonging to his cousin's wife -investigations on Tuesday revealed another cousin of Anchal was also present in the flat the day he died. The other cousin and his wife had threatened to set Anchal's academic certificates on fire if he did not confess he had stolen the jewellery, Mahavir told the police. "The couple had also taken my son's laptop to their residence," he alleged.

The cousin's family has, meanwhile, told the police Anchal fell accidentally from the flat, senior superintendent of police Preetinder Singh said.

"If he was accused of theft, there is a possibility of mounting pressure on him, so this could also be an abetment to suicide case," SSP Preetinder Singh said.