Schoolboy's rotten body found in flat

Missing since April 6, found hanging

The decomposed body of a class 12 student was discovered from inside a vacant flat in the apartments built under the Rajiv Ratan Awas Yojna in west Delhi’s Ranhola on Tuesday.

Police said the 17-year-old student at a government school in Najafgarh was missing since April 6, the day he left home to appear in the last board exams at the school.
The deceased has been identified as Nitish Thakur, who lived with his family in Ranhola.

Police said Nitish’s decomposed body was found hanging from the ceiling fan iron hook inside the vacant flat. His bicycle and schoolbag was also found in the room.

Suicide suspected

While the preliminary investigation into the matter has suggested it to be a case of suicide, senior police officers said they are waiting for Nitish’s post-mortem report to ascertain the exact cause of death.

Nitish’s family members, however, alleged that he was murdered and his body was dumped inside the vacant flat.

‘No effort by police’
They have also accused local police of making no effort to trace their missing son even after a case of kidnapping was registered with Najafgarh police station. The family has been suspecting the role of Nitish’s friends behind the murder.

Nitish’s father Shailesh, a labourer, said police used to tell him that his son must have gone somewhere on his own and he would return soon. “They were not keen on searching my missing son,” said Shailesh.

Police are not ruling out murder and questioning Nitish’s friends in the case as well.
A senior police officer said the body was discovered by one of the security guards of the apartments, built under Rajiv Ratan Awas Yojna for poor people after a local complained about foul smell emanating from the flats.

The guard began checking the vacant flats to ascertain the exact reason behind the stench.
While checking the vacant flats, he found a decomposed body in one of the flats on the second floor of a building in the apartments. He immediately raised an alarm and called the police control room.

“The extent to which the body had decomposed literally made it impossible to ascertain the identity of the victim. It was then through the schoolbag and bicycle that police established the body with a missing teenager whose kidnapping case was registered with Najafgarh police,” said Pushpendra Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West).

Nitish’s post-mortem was conducted at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital on Wednesday.

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