A national-level hockey player was found dead with gunshot wound to his right temple on Tuesday in his auto near his female friend's residence in south Delhi, police said.
While the family of the deceased alleged that their son was murdered, the police said it appears to be suicide.
The victim, who has been identified as Rizwan Khan, is a national level hockey player and had twice represented Delhi. Khan lived with his family in Subhash Nagar, near Tihar village, in west Delhi and had left home at 10 AM on Monday and did not return home.
He further added, "The woman who picked up the phone said Rizwan had left the bag full of cash with her, and that she would hand it over to police".
Please Wait while comments are loading. Later, around 10:30 pm, he allegedly shot himself dead in his Swift auto parked outside the house of the friend, said the police.
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Rizwan's father, Sharif Khan, told Hindustan Times that he visited a friend's house on Monday and left the bag with Rs 2 lakh and a mobile phone there and left. A bullet injury was found on the right temple of the body.
When asked by the police, the friend's family said they were not convinced that the caller was Rizwan's relative which is why they refused to share the address.
After repeated requests, Rizwan's family members got a call from the friend's house to come and collect the bag.
The next day, the girl, who is now in Bhopal, and her father called separately and asked them to collect the bag. Romil Baaniya said that they have found bloodstains and was Rizwan was holding a country-made firearm. I went there with my brother, Nawab. "As I was inside their house, Nawab noticed Rizwan's auto parked nearby", said Rizwan's father Shareef Khan. "We think he was killed and then the body was kept in the auto afterwards as there were no bloodstains inside", said Shareef Khan, an MTNL employee. "We are yet to establish why he shot himself". He also told HT that it was unclear why he left the bag with cash at his friend's house. "A team of forensic experts have collected samples", the officer said.
The woman's family refused to speak to media on Tuesday.