A 34 year old financial adviser’s partially burnt body was recovered from his locked car here in Sathanur. The deceased, identified as Kaushik Shetty was found in a Maruti Swift at a desolate place on MVIT Road in Sathanur near Hosahalli.
Shetty worked for American financial services company Northern Trust whose office is located at Manyata Tech Park, Nagawara.
It appeared that the victim died of suffocation, two bottles of petrol were also found in the smoke filled car. The victim had left his Fraser Town home around noon but did not head to the office. His family tried contacting him by phone but received no response.
The worried family later filed a missing person complaint at the Pulakeshinagar police station on Thursday night. The next afternoon, the family learnt that a Maruti Swift fitting their description was found on MVIT Road. The family rushed to the spot and found the car locked from inside and filled with misty smoke. They broke the car window only to find Kaushik’s partially burnt body.
A senior police officer said the incident was likely to have occurred during the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. The officer further said that although Shetty appeared to have set himself afire, the resultant burn injuries would not cause the death. Asphyxiation seems to be the cause of death, he said, adding that only the post-mortem report would explain how exactly he died. Kala Krishnaswamy, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast), said Shetty’s friends suggested he faced harassment at the workplace. “His family told us that he was a happy man. We are still questioning his colleagues,” she added. The Bagalur police have registered a case of murder based on a complaint from the victim’s brother.