A first-year arts student of Gossner College, Ranchi, was found dead in an under-construction septic tank at the capital’s Kaiser Colony in Bariatu police station area on Monday morning.
Family sources said Asif Alam (19) had left home, barely half a kilometre from the construction site, 10 days ago after a quarrel with his father and was last seen at his aunt’s home in Doranda on Sunday night. While the body bore no marks of injury when it was retrieved from the tank, police are not ruling out murder until autopsy proves otherwise.
Bariatu OC Vinod Kumar said construction workers spotted the body around 8am.
“Preliminary investigations suggest that the deceased student was into substance abuse. Though the body had no external marks of struggle, a murder case has been registered because we have learnt he had a fight with another local youth two days ago. The body has been sent to RIMS for post-mortem,” he said.
Meraz Khalid, a “close friend” of Asif brought to Bariatu thana for questioning, claimed the father-son fight had roots in the truant nature of the student. “Asif used to bunk classes. His father might have scolded him after which he left home,” Meraz told police.
Around 5.45pm, local residents gathered at the colony to take Asif on his final journey.
A neighbour said Asif’s father had always been worried about his son’s wayward nature. “Police found a tube of glue near the body. The family is numb with shock.”