Updated June 6th, 2024 at 16:06 IST

Petrol Smell, Crushed Bottle, Used Matchsticks: Man Found Dead Inside Locked Car in Delhi's Kalkaji

There was a strong smell of petrol inside the car and the steering wheel partially burnt, police said, adding, the man's hair was completely burnt.

Reported by: Digital Desk
Since the car was locked from inside, police had to break the rear windshield to reach the body. | Image:Republic Digital
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New Delhi: A 34-year-old man was found dead Thursday inside a car in southeast Delhi's Kalkaji area with burn wounds and blood all over him. Upon finding the body, senior police officials arrived at the scene, and a forensic team was called to gather evidence.At around 9.40 am, a PCR was received at Kalkaji Police Station regarding a dead body, with blood splattered around inside a parked car," a senior police officer said.

CCTV footage from the area revealed that the man, identified as Dhruv Mahajn, had arrived in his car at approximately 3:30 am, and shortly after, there was a huge flame inside the vehicle.

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On Thursday, after the matter was reported, a police team which was dispatched to the spot found a grey car parked in front of Paharpur Business Centre adjacent to Devika Tower in Nehru Place. As the car was locked, authorities had to break the rear windshield to access the body.

"... it was found that a man aged around 35 to 40 years was dead on the steering wheel with burn injuries on the face, thigh and both hands," said a police officer.

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There was a strong smell of petrol inside the car and the steering wheel partially burnt, the officer said, adding, the man's hair was completely singed and his T-shirt had the presence of soot.

"A crushed water bottle and used matchsticks were also found on the front seat. CCTV was accessed and it was found that the deceased had come to the spot in his car at around 03.30 am and about seven minutes later, there was a huge flame in the car which subsequently subsided after one minute," the officer said.

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Prima facie, it is suspected that Mahajan came to the spot wanting to commit suicide by setting himself on fire.

"However the car could not fully burn, subsequently, the deceased suffered nasal bleeding due to hypoxia stress and asphyxiated to death," the officer said.

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Mahajan's sister told police that he lived in Bengaluru and was under huge debt. His body has been sent to the AIIMS for post mortem.

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Published June 6th, 2024 at 16:06 IST