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Ghaziabad law student died due to strangulation, reveals police probe

Ghaziabad law student died due to strangulation, reveals police probe

Ghaziabad: Following the death of a 28-year-old law student whose body was found buried under the floor at his landlord's house in Sahibabad area of Ghaziabad, police, on Tuesday, said that the youth had died due to strangulation.

According to the investigating officer, the post mortem report, conducted by a team of two senior doctors of the MMG hospital in Ghaziabad, indicates asphyxia due to antemortem strangulation. The autopsy reports have also revealed that he was murdered around five days ago and the whole body was covered with mud.

Pankaj Singh, a fourth year law student at a private college in Ghaziabad went untraceable on October 9. His family lodged a missing complaint with police and on Monday, police recovered his partially decomposed body buried under the newly cemented portion of the basement at his landlord Munna Yadav's house in Sahibabad's Girdhar enclave area.

Police suspect that Pankaj had been killed by Yadav and his family as they are absconding from their house after police lodged a missing report on October 12. Cops said that they have formed teams to trace the accused and his family and they have got some important leads in the case. Police are expecting a breakthrough soon.

"We have formed teams who are conducting searches at various suspected locations to nab the accused persons. All of their mobile numbers have been put on the surveillance and we are looking into their call details to verify the numbers whom they had contacted in past couple of days before they flee," said Rakesh Kumar Mishra, Circle Officer in Sahibabad.

"Preliminary investigations into the case revealed that the family had gone to their native place in Bihar and we have shared the details with local police too. We have also recovered a few bottles of perfume and deodorants from the spot which we suspect that the accused might have used to eliminate the smell of body," added Mishra.

Meanwhile, the family of deceased alleged that police let the accused and his family flee from their house. "If police would have acted immediately upon our complaint, the accused would not have fled away. We will stage an intensified protest if police do not arrest the culprits soon," said Narendra Singh, deceased's father.

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