It was on Monday when reports had surfaced that a 37-year-old man, a resident of Shaheen Bagh, was found dead in a car with bullet injuries with music and AC open.
Mohammad Afzal, a businessman of Jamia Nagar, was in debt after his snacks shop was demolished a few months ago, according to reports.
Afzal’s body was found in black Mahindra XUV in the road between Holy Family Hospital and Jamia Sports Complex in the back.
Police are probing whether he committed suicide or if it was a murder. CCT footage from the area is being scanned to get to the depth of the story.
Afzal’s family has ruled out the possibility of his suicide although he was upset after the shop was demolished, reported a daily.
“We have not ruled out other possibilities. A forensic team will also study the trajectory of the bullet to determine the nature of the incident,” said Romil Baaniya, DCP (Southeast).
Afzal’s family, however, alleged that he had been murdered. “The way he was found (gun lying on Afzal’s left thigh), it doesn’t look like he committed suicide. It was his friend’s car. The number plate is of Haryana,” said his brother-in-law Shakir Khan as reported The Hindu.
“His shop was broken by the authorities two months ago because of the work being done for Delhi Metro. He was looking for another place to set shop,” he said reported The Hindu.
Baaniya said the family told him Afzal hadn’t been home in Shaheen Bagh since Sunday evening and they were looking for him.
“A forensic team is inspecting the site. As of now, a case has been registered under Section 174 of CrPC. Other sections will be added depending on the result of the reports,” said Baaniya.
Afzal is survived by his wife and two children.
His brother told police that Afzal was looking for a new shop in the area and did not show any suicidal tendencies.
“The incident is being investigated to ascertain the exact cause of death and the circumstances that led to the death. A pistol was found in the car partially lying on Afzal’s body. Whether it is a case of homicide or suicide will be ascertained only after an autopsy report is available with us, the DCP added.
“Afzal was found dead in his Mahindra XUV Car and a bullet wound was found in his chest. We are investigating the matter currently in order to find out whether it was a murder or a case of suicide. The body has been sent for post-mortem and no case has been registered yet,” said the DCP.
As the report was splashed many people got worried as there is a local AIMIM leader Afzal Ansari, a resident of Shaheen Bagh.
Ansari’s well wishers only heaved a sigh of relief after it was found that he was in a meeting in Mustafabad, said Maqsood.
“As we came to know about the incident we really got worried. I made a call on his number and when he was not returning my call I and others really got worried. It was only after I spoke with his close relative that I got assured that nothing has happened to him,’ said Maqsood.