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INCONSOLABLE: Rangawamy (centre), father of Harsha Bagde, grieving with his relatives in Bangalore on Thursday.
INCONSOLABLE: Rangawamy (centre), father of Harsha Bagde, grieving with his relatives in Bangalore on Thursday.

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: A 31-year-old man was found murdered in a toilet on the first floor of the Manipal Hospital on Airport Road on Thursday morning.

The Airport police, who have registered a case of murder, suspect that Harsha Bagade could have been strangled on Wednesday night. “Some ligature marks, not too dominant, were found on his neck. We are awaiting the autopsy report to confirm the cause of death,” a senior police officer told The Hindu.

Around 8 a.m., the housekeeping staff of the hospital found the body in the men’s toilet. Subsequently, the hospital authorities informed the police.

Harsha, a science graduate, was the elder son of Hassan-based businessman Rangaswamy. He came to Bangalore a decade ago and was living in Vijayanagar along with his younger brother Hamsa, a call centre employee. Harsha, who had earlier worked for a private chit fund company, had told his parents he was working in Chennai. But they too were not sure of what he was doing of late, the police said.

The police are investigating why Harsha had gone to Manipal Hospital. One of his cousins is a doctor at the hospital and police are investigating whether he had gone to meet her or if someone had taken him there.

The police said Harsha had telephoned his friend Somashekar on Wednesday morning and invited him for a party at Hotel Leela Palace, situated in front of Manipal Hospital, on Airport Road.

Mr. Somashekar, who came near the hotel in the evening, called Harsha on his mobile phone but got no response. His brother Hamsa had called him but Harsha did not respond to any call after 5 p.m. His mobile phone, gold ring, wallet, credit cards and driving licence were found intact, the police said.

Some of Harsha’s relatives, who had gathered at the Bowring Hospital where the autopsy was conducted, said they suspected he could have been killed over a love affair. “As Hamsa is in a state of shock, we have to question him about Harsha’s activities,” one of the relatives said. After the autopsy, the body was taken to Hassan.

When contacted, Manipal Hospital authorities said the deceased was neither an out-patient nor had he been admitted. This had been ascertained through hospital medical records.

“After the housekeeping staff found the body, they alerted the doctors and paramedical staff immediately. They tried to revive the person but did not succeed. We do not know whether the dead person was a visitor who had come to see one of the patients in the hospital,” a senior administrative staff told The Hindu.

He added that they found injury marks on the chest of the person as if made by a blunt object, which could have been the cause of death.

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