Guard found dead at DDA engineer's office

 A 57-year-old security guard was found dead at the office of Delhi Development Authority’s Superintending Engineer in south Delhi’s Munirka on Wednesday. The victim’s head was crushed with a stone, police said.

Nandram lived with his family in southeast Delhi’s Khanpur. Police said Wednesday was scheduled to be Nandram’s weekly off. However, he was told to do Tuesday’s night duty when a colleague called in sick.

“Nandram was found lying in a pool of blood when the staff for morning duty reported at the office at 7.45 am. He was declared brought dead at the AIIMS trauma centre,” said a police officer.

Liquor bottles and disposable glasses were also recovered from near the body. “We suspect that Nandram was part of a group which consumed alcohol at the office. He may have been attacked in an inebriated state,” the officer added.

Nandram, who would have retired in 2018, is survived by his wife and two children. His son Kuldeep said his duty on Tuesday was from 8 am to 8 pm, and he usually returned home by 9 pm. At 9 pm, Nandram had made a phone call to inform his family that he would have to stay back for the night. “He had informed that he would return home by 9 am on Wednesday,” the officer said.

However, police made a call to the family at 9 am to inform about Nandram’s death. Nandram’s colleagues told police that they used to consume alcohol with dinner on a regular basis. Police have questioned some of his colleagues, who claimed that Nandram was the only person who stayed back. “They claimed that Nandram was alive when they left,” the officer added.

A case of murder has been filed with Vasant Vihar police station. Nandram’s family has denied the possibility of attack over personal enmity. Police have analysed CCTV footage, and claimed to have gathered evidence to nab the killer.

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