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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

267 - IIT boy falls to death, dad cries murder - TNN

Purusharth Aradhak, TNN | Oct 6, 2014, 07.09AM IST

A student of IIT Delhi was found dead at a housing society in Noida’s Sector 121 after he fell from his cousin’s eighth-floor apartment.

NOIDA: A student of IIT Delhi was found dead at a housing society in Noida's Sector 121 after he fell from his cousin's eighth-floor apartment. The youth's father has filed a police complaint accusing the cousin and his family of murder. Police, however, are yet to file an FIR. 

Anchal Bhardwaj, 21, an MTech student, died on Friday evening. The incident came to light only on Sunday after his father lodged a complaint and police started a probe to examine the allegations before registering a case. 

Bhardwaj lived as a paying guest in Sector 22 and was visiting his cousin's resident at an apartment complex developed by the Ajnara group, according to his father. The cousin lives in the flat with his wife. 

Vishwajeet Srivastav, the deputy superintendent of police, said Bhardwaj's cousin visited his PG accommodation on Friday and invited him for lunch. "Later in the evening he fell from the eighth-floor apartment. He was taken to Fortis hospital but was declared dead on arrival," Srivastav added. The autopsy report, he said, suggested that the death was caused by the fall. 

"The Sector 58 police station in-charge is probing the case. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, we will decide our course of action," Srivastav said. 

In his complaint, Anchal's father Mahavir Bhardwaj says his nephew suspected his son of stealing jewellery from the apartment. "A few days ago, some jewellery of my nephew's wife was lost. They suspected it was Anchal. On Friday, when Anchal left his PG accommodation for Sector 121, his room was searched by them," Mahavir alleged, adding, "I suspect he was murdered and the crime scene dressed up to show it was a suicide." 


The police said the family of Bhardwaj's cousin claimed the jewellery box was recovered from Anchal's room. The Bhardwaj family hails from Uttar Pradesh and Anchal's father is a teacher in Haryana.