A 40-year-old man was charred to death in a car in Rohini’s Begum Pur on Sunday night under mysterious circumstances, the police said on Monday.
They said that the man, identified as Surender Kumar, had consumed alcohol with his friend hours before he was found dead.
The police control room received a call around 2 a.m. about a car which had caught fire at Gram Sabha, Pooth Kalan, in Begumpur.
“It was found that an SUV had caught fire. One fire tender reached the spot. The fire was extinguished after around half an hour. A burnt body of an unknown person was found inside the car,” said a police officer.
During enquiry, the driver of the vehicle, Mukesh Singh (48), said that the deceased was his friend Surender.
Mukesh lives in Pooth Kalan, Valmiki Mohalla and Surender lived in Begumpur A Block. He was a part-time sweeper by profession.
The body was taken to Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital for post-mortem.
Mukesh told the police that he and Surender had consumed alcohol on Sunday night. He left Surender in the vehicle and returned home later. Surender had told Mukesh that he would return home after he would feel better.
The police said they were trying to ascertain the cause of the fire that led to Surender’s death.
“We have questioned his friends. No foul play has been detected so far. Further investigation will be based on the post-mortem report,” added the officer.