According to the police, the victim had gone to a party with friends on June 25 and did not return. The family approached the police and an investigation was carried out, following which four his friends were detained. During questioning, they told police that they shot Rupak over an argument and buried the body. The suspects have not been arrested yet for lack of evidence, police said.
At least two cranes have pressed into service to dig at the identified spot for the past four days. At 45 feet, water seeped into the borewell, since a pipe is also there, delaying the police efforts. Even as there is apprehension that the suspects may not be telling the truth, the fresh recoveries are likely to fuel the search for the body. Villagers have also been part of the digging process, police said. The Meerut police is also seeking help from the irrigation department to help draw out water through pumps since the wet earth can impact the evidence as well.
The victim was a student in ITI (Industrial Training Institute), police said. The victim’s family members carried out a demonstration at Commissioner Crossing to protest against the delay in arresting of the accused. A case of murder will be filed in Kankarkhera poilce station as soon as evidence is found, police said.