Staff Reporter

55-year-old businessman was found brutally murdered on Monday

NEW DELHI: The Delhi police are trying to ascertain the whereabouts of a security guard who worked at the Hailey Road residence of the 55-year-old businessman who was found brutally murdered on Monday. The security guard has been missing even since the murder came to light.

Preliminary enquiries by the police revealed that the security guard, Mithilesh, is a resident of Bihar. A team has been despatched to his village to look for him. The police are, however, not sure if he is the one behind the murder of his employer, Ashok Khanna.

Mr. Khanna was found murdered in his 7 Hailey Road bungalow on Monday evening by his elder son Shiv, who had come to check on his father as he had not been answering the telephone. He had sustained injuries all over the body. While some of the injuries appeared to have been inflicted by a sharp-edged weapon, investigations indicated that Mr. Khanna was bludgeoned to death with a golf stick.

Keeping in view the nature of injuries that were all over Mr. Khanna's body, the police suspect that it could turn out to be a case of murder committed in a fit of rage. "But we are not discounting any angle yet," said a senior police officer, adding that there was no apparent ransacking of the house.

The police are also questioning Mr. Khanna's relatives to a get a clue to the case. He had been living alone in the Hailey Road bungalow for the past several years, while his wife, who is a fashion designer, and two sons live in Greater Kailash Part-I.

Enquiries have revealed that the 7 Hailey Road bungalow is a disputed property and the case is pending trial before a city court. It was originally leased in the name of Mr. Khanna's uncle. After he passed away, the land's possession was given to Mr. Khanna and his two brothers, the police said. A few years ago, the brothers entered into a deal with a private firm to build a housing complex on that plot, but in 2000-01 the deal was cancelled by Mr. Khanna on the plea that the firm failed to construct the housing complex in the stipulated time. The firm then moved the court against "one-sided" cancellation of deal.